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Don't Let a Prank Lead To Prison

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) are campaigning to educate the public that aiming a laser at an aircraft is a threat to aviation safety and it's a federal crime.

Here's a pointer. You can use a laser to make your cat chase its tail, but aim it at an aircraft and you could be needing bail.

A federal law passed in 2012 made lasing aircraft punishable by up to five years in prison. The Federal Bureau of Investigation may offer up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.

Don't let a prank lead to prison. Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime. It could land you five years behind bars and/or a fine up to $250,000. Additionally you are subject to an $11,000 civil penalty. Report illegal laser use to the FBI and you may be eligible for a reward.

For more information, visit the FBI website.

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Don't let a prank lead to prison

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