More than half a dozen commercial airliners and a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter all reported being hit by a laser beam while traveling over Johnson County Tuesday night.
It is dangerous, can be physically damaging and the FBI claims statistics show “lasering” is on the rise. Federal investigators report airline pilots are having lasers pointed at them 14 times as much now compared to rates in 2005.
A dangerous stunt a year-and-a-half ago culminated in a guilty plea in federal court Tuesday.
A judge has sentenced a 28-year-old Texas man to 1½ years in prison for pointing a green laser beam at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter.
A 22-year-old Dallas man has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for aiming a green laser beam at a Dallas police helicopter.
A grand jury has indicted a 22-year-old man for pointing a green laser beam at a Dallas police helicopter during an investigation.
It’s happened again. Someone pointed a laser at a plane over North Texas. It happened Tuesday night over Fort Worth.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area leads the nation in reports of laser strikes aimed at pilots and this past weekend there were two more incidents of laser beams being shined into cockpits over the area.