Better Protection For Airplanes
The House approved legislation this week that would increase penalties for anyone intentionally pointing a laser beam at a traveling aircraft in North Carolina. An offender of this crime would now be guilt of a felony rather than a misdemeanor if the bill becomes law. The measure, Senate bill 428, has returned to the Senate for concurrence. Federal research has shown laser illuminations can temporarily disorient or disable a pilot during critical stages of flight. The Patriot Act, which was passed by Congress, already makes it a federal crime.