A Central Valley man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for shining a laser into a flying helicopter. According to SFgate, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neil claimed ” distracting pilots with lasers is a serious offense with potentially deadly consequences.”
“Lasing aircraft is not a joke or a casual prank, it is reckless behavior that can have fatal consequences for air crew, passengers and the public on the ground. Rodriguez’s sentence clearly demonstrates the seriousness of his actions.” – Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Monica Miller
This punishment is stemming from a crackdown on similar violations of “Lasing”. SFgate reports that the Federal Aviation Administration “counted 3,960 reports of people aiming lasers at aircraft in 2013”.