FBI cracking down on use of laser pointers to blind airpline pilots; offering $10,000 reward

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland branch of the FBI is one of a dozen offices that are offering a $10,000 reward to deter people from using laser pointers to blind airplane pilots as they fly overhead - a federal offense.

“Shining a laser into the cockpit of an aircraft can temporarily blind a pilot, jeopardizing the safety of everyone on board,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

At Cleveland Hopkins Airport, 23 such incidents - referred to as "laser strikes" - were reported in 2012 and 24 in 2013. Nationally, 3,960 laser strikes were reported in 2013.

If you have information about a lasing incident, or see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, contact the Cleveland FBI office at 216-522-1400, Cleveland.cv@ic.fbi.gov or dial 911.

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