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Laser attacks on planes continue, despite greater penalties

from USA Today

The Federal Aviation Administration says there were 2,733 laser strikes through Oct. 13. The pace threatens to eclipse the 2,836 incidents for all of last year. It's approaching 10 times the 300 reported in 2005. The rising number prompted the FAA in June to impose a civil fine of up to $11,000 for "interfering" with a crew by shining a laser into a cockpit. The fines are easier to pursue than federal criminal sanctions of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for "incapacitating" a crewmember. more

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