FAA: make sure to point laser light displays at house and away from planes

Posted at 7:57 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 19:57:28-05

Holiday laser light displays are once again flying off the shelves this holiday season, but experts are reminding home owners to use them carefully.

Last year, the FAA reported at least three incidents where home laser light displays temporarily blinded a pilot during take-off or landing at an airport.

“It’s something I’ll be mindful of for sure,” said Rickie Kendell, who put up two laser devices last night. “It’s a lot easier, a lot faster, and they work even better in my opinion.”

People intentionally shinning laser pointers at planes or helicopters has become increasingly problematic in the last five years.

Just this past spring, Hillsborough County deputies arrested a Tampa man for shining a laser at the department’s chopper.

People who get caught face a federal crime that includes prison time and up to a $250 thousand fine.

It’s unlikely that the FAA will come after you for accidentally shining a holiday display at a plane, but you could be asked to re-adjust your lights.