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Laser pointer attacks on air planes on the rise

The FBI says the number of incidents of lasers being pointed at planes and pilots are going up.
The most recent incidents happened last week.

A commercial plane was coming in for landing at New York's La Guardia Airport when a blinding green laser light illuminated the cockpit.
Later that night a private plane reported a laser 2 miles southwest of La Guardia.
No injuries reported in either case, but earlier this year, several commercial pilots suffered significant injuries, including a burnt retina.
The FBI's joint terrorism task force is leading the investigation.
In New York City, the FBI says incidents targeting planes have jumped 17%.

"The laser is not going to physically hurt the airplane but the laser can blind the pilot at least can temporarily blind the pilot and also just the effect of this startling burst of light into the airplane cockpit."

So far, there's no evidence of a link to terrorism.
A law signed last year makes it a federal crime to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft, and that's why the FBI is leading the investigation.