4 June 2014
An FBI campaign unveiled on Tuesday will display public safety messages during movie previews, offering rewards of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who shines laser lights at airplanes. The program builds on a similar pilot program launched in a dozen cities in February. Now, the FBI’s 56 field offices are offering the same rewards for the next 90 days. The latest known incident of “lasing” occurred on 23 May, when a pilot for Shuttle American said that someone flashed a laser at his aircraft as it approached LaGuardia Airport. Since the FBI began tracking lasing incidents in 2005, there has been a 1,000 percent increase in recorded occurrences. The FBI reported a 19 percent drop in incidents since the pilot program was launched in February. (Image Credit: FBI.gov)
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