Regierung prüft Verbot von Laserpointern

von Udo Vetter

Die Bundesregierung will offenbar härter gegen das gefährliche Blenden von Piloten mit Laserpointern vorgehen. Wie die “Saarbrücker Zeitung” berichtet, prüft das Innenministerium derzeit, inwieweit leistungsstarke Geräte als Waffen eingestuft werden können. Demnach wird auch ein Verbot des Mitführens solcher Laser erwogen.

Nach Angaben der Zeitung wurden dem Luftfahrtbundesamt allein im vergangenen Jahr 322 Angriffe auf Flugzeuge und Hubschrauber deutscher Airlines gemeldet, der Großteil davon im Inland. 2012 waren es zwar noch 342 Laserattacken, im Jahr 2011 jedoch nur 279 Angriffe ...

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"Aircraft Laser Illumination" edited version of FAA & Air Force video

Shorter 10-minute version of "Aircraft Laser Illumination" video jointly produced by FAA and Air Force. Overview of laser illumination incidents and effects on pilots. Editing was done by www.LaserPointerSafety.com. The original 21-minute version has additional background including information on high-powered lasers, laser light shows, and pilot protective eyewear. It is split into two parts, which are available at YouTube and also at www.LaserPointerSafety.com. The original video is Approved for Public Release, AFRL-RH-BR-AV-2009-0001


'Laser attack' caught on tape: View from plane cockpit

Over the last three months, there have been 17 reported cases of laser pen attacks on aircraft in Moscow alone. Powerful laser pointer beams can reach 9 kilometers or further -- a distance equal to the altitude of an average passenger aircraft. A landing aircraft, of course, is that much closer to the source of a laser pen's beam. Pilots unanimously say that the effect of a laser-pen's beam in the cockpit is very similar to the effect of a car's high-beam headlights at a short distance -- it blinds you. The decision-making time before a landing is only 10 critical seconds, pilots say -- and these moments are not to fight green laser beams, but to make critically important decisions. Laser-beam hooligans have lost their harmless "hooligan" status. Pilots are quick on the draw and call them terrorists. And statistics show they deserve such a harsh description. The problem is that Russian law does not impose criminal penalties for such laser attacks. If such an attack leads to fatal consequences, the price will be high indeed. RT on Twitter: http://twitter.com/RT_com RT on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RTnews


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