Laser attacks: dangerous and illegal

Pilots are increasingly becoming the target of attacks with hand-held laser pointers. Such attacks are illegal and represent a serious safety risk. Perpetrators of laser attacks against aircraft now face criminal charges.
Powerful hand-held laser pointers are now widely available on the market and are being distributed as efficient mobile light sources to an ever increasing extent. One of the consequences of this is that the aviation sector is now facing a new type of threat: aircraft crews are repeatedly reporting that they have been dazzled by powerful light sources transmitted from the ground.

Laser attacks to be reported to the police

Pilots who are victims of a laser attack should immediately contact air traffic control and provide precise information concerning the location and time of the attack. Air traffic control can then immediately pass on the information to the police. Pilots operating aircraft in uncontrolled airspace can also contact the police themselves.

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