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Pointing lasers at aircraft is a federal offense; local incident being investigated

December 22, 2017 – News

This past week, an individual or individuals pointed a high power laser in the cockpit of an aircraft on approach to Juneau International Airport. This action is a major safety violation and a federal offense, and is now under federal investigation.

“Never point a laser at an aircraft. You can blind a pilot and endanger everyone’s life in the aircraft,” Airport Manager Patty Wahto said.

The Juneau International Airport asks the public to not shine laser pointers at an aircraft. A person found doing this could be fined and/or imprisoned. Read more about the law here.

For more information, contact Airport Manager Patty Wahto at 789-7821 or patty.wahto@jnuairport.com.