- Jun 12, 2010
IMO the distraction meme, unless the distraction has malicious intent, is bullcrap.sorry to be a spoilsport but you should never shine any laser into the sky even if you check for "no planes first". the reason is that pilots can see the beam when viewed from the side from a good distance and many of the reports from pilots being distracted from lasers has also included those just being shot into the sky.
It is distracting to pilots and highly dangerous and there is rarely a good reason for doing so.
Please do not shine any laser into the sky regardless of the presence of aircraft from your perspective.
Unless the light is pointed AT the actual plane/pilots (or attempts to) then there's not much distraction.
Modern planes pretty much cruise on thier own... the only real danger is takeoff/landing.
IMO, as long as you're not aiming the laser at or around any aircraft at any altitude there's no harm there.
Pilot: Hey what's that blue ray of light a few hundred yards off to the left there.
Copilot: Oh shit...a laser!! Look away so you are not distracted.
Naked Stewardess: What?!? Should I leave the cockpit so I'm not distracted as well?
Pilot & Copilot: NO!