Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lasering Airplanes

Not steep enough, though.
A 19-year-old North Hollywood [CA] man has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a commercial aircraft — a steep punishment going well beyond the year federal prosecutors were seeking.
If I were running things, the little fuck's head would be on a pike in the town square (or whatever passes for one in North Hollywood).

As far as I'm concerned, this is equivalent to shooting at airplanes, though with a green laser, the effective range is longer. This isn't some harmless kiddie prank, as his attorneys tried to portray it. Some of those jets are flown single-pilot, blinding the pilot with a laser could have bad consequences, both for everyone on the aircraft and people on the ground.

This story needs to be publicized far and wide.

1 comment:

Eck! said...

Anything above class 2 is considered an eye danger
and most of the green lasers out there are class 3B meaning they are unsafe if you get hit in the eye. Most I've seen run from 5mw and a few were in the 50mw range. The latter can pop dark color balloons at close range or blind someone out to more than 10s of yards.

This is serious and unfortunately most people do not understand how powerful these solid state lasers are.

Not a toy.