It's not just here in Southern California where aircraft pilots are increasingly finding themselves temporarily blinded at nighttime by cheap, store-bought laser pointers--particularly ones with a more devastating green beam.
If you're dismissive of the potency of the laser on aircraft cockpits, checkout this BBC broadcast that illustrates not just the harm it can do but also that technology is making it easier to identify the source of a beam.
In recent years, police as well as commercial and private pilots have reported an increase in laser beam attacks in Orange County. It's a federal offense to purposely shine the beam into a cockpit. A Newport Beach man was recently fined $6,000 by the Federal Aviation Commission for two attacks on a police helicopter.
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