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Iowans Pointed Lasers At Aircraft In Flight 271 Times Within 10 Years

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It is a federal crime to point laser pointers at aircraft. Within the past 10 years People in Iowa pointed lasers at aircraft in flight 271 times. According to Bob Lions, a pilot and an instructor at the Fairfield Municipal Airport, pointing a laser pointer at aircraft is very dangerous. It can cause a pilot to become blind, can block vision to runways, and they can’t see other aircraft or birds. High powered laser pointers have even been shown to go through sheet metal. If you shine a laser at a plane you can get up to 5 years in prison and up to $40,000 in fines. In the past 10 years there have almost

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