There are still people out there who seem to like pointing these powerful ‘weapons’ into the cockpits of aircraft as they are attempting to land. We’ve probably all been dazzled by headlights or a torch but Paul’s picture shows what it is like for pilots when they are at their most vulnerable, just a few hundred feet above the ground.
— Paul Heasman (@P_H_Images) May 8, 2014
From what we have seen online the law doesn’t seem consistent with sentencing – fines of just £90 have been mentioned although last month three men were jailed for endangering aircraft at East Midlands Airport (BBC Report). Judges are a law unto themselves sometimes so we need to draw more attention to the this issue before people get hurt.
Please pass on the tweet, talk about it, spread the word, mention it to your MP! It’s not just airline pilots, any pilot can be targeted. It also happens to the Police and Air Ambulance helicopter pilots.
Do we try and stop the sale of these things? Do we need tougher sentences?
Whatever is done needs to be quick before there is a serious incident.