- Mar 17, 2006
Yeah, it seems like pilots almost hate lasers due to the 'annoying factor'. They just can't stand how people are able to reach out and 'harass' them even while they're up in the solitude of the sky. I've looked all over for evidence of real harm caused to pilots by lasers, and it's just not there outside of cases where somebody was likely using a tripod mounted laser to blind planes approaching a runway. Cases like that are what I would consider terrorism, and clearly the approach is to go after the terrorists rather than banning their tools.Protective window film, protective helmet visor, gun site camera is right in front of his eye underneath the visor.
Like I said pilots could wear a visor or pair of safety glasses when under 5000 feet, otherwise the angle into the cockpit makes striking a pilots eye only possible from another aircraft short of being on top of a building at a very long distance and through a lot of moist air.
Except at take off and landing the best focused green laser is not any more than a mild annoyance, much like our new led streetlights and that bright undiffused spot we all see every night and have learned to ignore.
Oh and I just love all these pulsed LED tail lights, that's not annoying.....yes it is, but we deal with it, 100's of millions of times each night.
There are plenty of things which visually annoy me, and I don't cry to have them banned. Every day on the road I encounter cars with poorly implemented HID headlights. These scatter a bunch of intense light up into the eyes of incoming motorists and cause a degree of temporary flash blindness. You don't see me lobbying to have them banned though.