Earlier this month, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning to the public that misusing a laser lighting device is a third-degree felony. If the light is deliberately pointed at and harms someone operating a boat, car, or aircraft, it is a second-degree felony. And if the aircraft crashes as a result of the laser beam, it becomes a first-degree felony.
In the past year, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office has fielded about 20 complaints about laser beams from pilots and air traffic controllers at Palm Beach International Airport. According to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, the most recent incident occurred on October 10 when someone shined a laser beam into the cockpit of a JetBlue flight for approximately two minutes over the Palm Beach Gardens area.
Those with information on the misuse of a laser are asked to report it to authorities.
Blind a driver, boater or pilot with a laser and get a felony, South Florida Sun Sentinel, October 14, 2009 Continue reading