Port of Seattle Police, FBI Participating in Campaign to Stop "Lasing" at Aircrafts
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone pointing lasers at aircraft.
NBCRightNow.com - The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of anyone pointing lasers at aircraft.
The FBI Seattle Division with the Port of Seattle Police Department are taking part in the same campaign, along with field offices across the nation.
Pointing handheld lasers at aircraft, nicknamed lasing, is a federal violation and also presents danger to pilots, passengers, and those on the ground. The FBI and Federal Aviation Administration began tracking laser strikes in 2005 and has since seen a 1,100 percent increase in the deliberate targeting of aircraft.
In 2014 so far, the FBI has received reports of 32 incidents of lasing by aircraft in Washington state. 19 of those incidents were near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
While 19 is fortunately not as high as the number of incidents experienced during that same time period near airports in the areas of Los Angeles (139) or San Francisco (94), incidents near Seattle exceeded those near Portland (13) and and New York City (14). This is significant given that Portland and New York City experienced more lasing in all of 2013 than Seattle (139 and 99, compared to 47).
The large number of incidents in just five months of 2014 leads the Seattle Division and Port of Seattle Police Department to participate in the national campaign to stop this criminal activity.