- Sep 7, 2016
People are pretty stupid! I show lasers to people and some are like, "what happens if you point it at that airplane?"I hope not!
One moron I saw on here wanted to cut zip ties with a laser to break into a friends apartment...like :wtf: dude calm down now.Idk, I've seen some pretty dumb threads here where a guy wanted a laser for a college prank or other illegal uses.
I think I might have accidentally flashed an airplane once, I was shooting my laser over the top of a mountain close to the horizon and then saw a white light coming in from the same place. Immediately turned my laser off, it was the landing lights of a commuter airline turbo prop airplane. Damn! After that I never allowed the beam to be low to the horizon. They could get hit with it before I even knew they were there, in this case I saw landing lights, normally aircraft don't turn those on until close to the airport, or maybe they did to show me they were there, I don't know, but I laid low for a long time using my laser outside after that.
In my entirely unsubstantiated opinion, I'd probably say that >90% of these 'laser attacks' involve some idiot with a cheap laser 301/303, a cheap ebay penlaser, or one of those sub $50 'aircraft aluminum burning military' ebay lasers. It's actually crazy just how cheap these things have gotten. A laser 301 is a pretty decent laser(capability wise), and it's like $8 shipped. Green penlasers can be had for like $2 sometimes. Green lasers have reached price levels where even the biggest idiots of society can buy one like they would buy a freaking hamburger or something. I feel like if they were $40-50 at minimum we would probably see something like a 75% decrease in these 'laser attacks'.Not lasers, these kind of people should be regulated. Unfortunately it is not possible. With laser, in car, even walking on streets they just do not care about the consequences of what they do. More regulation on lasers just punishes the responsible laser enthusiasts, but is unlikely to have any effect on those who wants to shine lasers on aircrafts, they would not have any problem to get laser illegaly.
BTW I just wonder if there are statistics of what lasers are misused? I guess mostly common green pointers are probably to majority, not higher powers, which are likely to be regulated more.