June 29, 2018 --
It is a federal crime to point a laser pointer at an aircraft punishable with up to five years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, or both. It is considered a felony offense. This law has been in effect since Feb. 14, 2012. Don’t let a prank lead to prison.
If you have information about a lasing incident or see someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call the Honolulu Police Department by dialing 911 or report it by email to the Federal Aviation Administration through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laser illuminations can distract, disorient and debilitate a pilot. An event occurring during a critical phase of flight, such as landing, can lead to catastrophic results if the pilot cannot see instruments to remain on course or maneuver in a heavy traffic environment.
Lasing a member of the aircrew will have adverse physiological effects to include visual pain and loss of depth perception.