A Jet Blue pilot recently suffered an eye injury from a green laser pointed directly into the cockpit, as the plane was approaching JFK airport. Although these lights seem to be somewhat harmless from the ground, as the light reaches higher into the sky the pinpoint of light spreads out in a dangerous and blinding fashion.
In 2005 there were less than 300 reported laser pointer incidents of this type. By 2011 there were more than 3,500 reported such incidents. In 2009 a California man was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for his laser pointer offense and in 2011 a Massachusetts man was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Authorities consider these offenses to be very serious in nature and the public should treat them accordingly.
Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq.