Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a serious safety risk and violates federal law. Many high-powered lasers can completely incapacitate pilots who are trying to fly safely to their destinations and may be carrying hundreds of passengers.
Laser strikes on aircraft continue to increase each year. In 2017, the FAA received 6,754 reports of laser strikes on aircraft. This is a 250 percent increase since FAA started tracking laser strikes in 2010.
The FAA is working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to pursue civil and criminal penalties against individuals who purposely aim a laser at an aircraft.