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U.S. to Crack Down on Lasers Pointed at Aircraft

After a rash of incidents in which lasers flashed aircraft 31 times in the last 10 days, Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta on Wednesday promised a crackdown to prevent “careless people, making stupid choices” from putting fliers at risk. Pilots, air traffic controllers and law enforcement officials will work together to track down and arrest people who point lasers into aircraft cockpits, and new guidelines will be issued on Jan. 19 aimed at finding those who target planes, he said. “We will not allow careless people, making stupid choices to put pilots and their passengers at risk,” Mineta said in a speech at a Federal Aviation Administration testing facility in Oklahoma City. He did not see any link between the recent laser reports and terrorist activities. Full Story

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