LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The FBI is announcing a major
push to deter people from pointing a laser at an aircraft. It's a federal violation which poses a threat
to pilots, passengers and those on the ground.
On Tuesday, the FBI announced they are offering up a
reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who
aims a laser at a plane.
The FBI said these aren't your typical lasers that are used
in power point type presentations. They
said the ones posing a risk are "high powered lasers."
When you point
the laser up in the dark, the beam expands, blinding the pilot.
The dramatic increase in reported laser attacks in Greater Louisville and across the nation has prompted the FBI to spread awareness on the
"The FAA and FBI have been tracking these incidents
since 2005," said Mary Trotman from the FBI. "Since 2005 to 2013 it's gone up 1,100
If you have information about someone pointing a laser at
an aircraft, you are asked to call your FBI field office or dial 911.