Laser pointers may seem like a toy, office tool, or game. Pointed to the sky, lasers are a serious threat. A laser can incapacitate pilots, putting thousands of passengers at risk every year. Pilots reported nearly 9,500 laser strikes to the FAA in 2022.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime. U.S. law enforcement agencies and the Federal Aviation Administration may seek criminal and civil prosecution against violators.
People who shine lasers at aircraft face FAA fines of up to $11,000 per violation and up to $30,800 for multiple laser incidents. The FAA issued $120,000 in fines for laser strikes in 2021.
You can help reduce laser strikes on airplanes.
- Report laser strikes to the FAA and local law enforcement agencies.
- Watch a video to learn more about the dangers of laser strikes.
- View the FAA’s visualization tool to see where laser strikes are happening.
- See Laser report data by year.
Last updated: Thursday, February 09, 2023