Yeah, what nut case !! Dulles is a major international airport for the Washington, DC area. You are right , they probably should "Throw the Book" at his stupid ass . Not just a small paperback book either. Throw a really heavy "Hardback" one. :spank: :eg: :
With some many cases going around it seems the chances of an actual disaster are very low, but its only a matter of time until a worst case scenario unfolds and a plane actually does crash with laser pointers being a factor in the ordeal.
Such an incident isn't very likely to occur on a commercial flight in the US or EU though. I bet the first ever crash due to pilot blinding will be somewhere in the developing world at an airstrip that doesn't feature ILS, has ground control with its radar out for repairs and adverse weather conditions.
With aircraft and airports equipped to handle landings in near-zero visibility conditions, it would be hard to blame a laser as the chief cause of a crash. In developing countries such systems are often absent, and worst-case even a go around isn't feasible due to a combination of bad visibility and terrain.
I hate how it does portray lasers as tools of terrorism and destruction though. I'm affraid authorities will see banning lasers as a simple fix, even though so far they have not lead to any loss of life in aviation. Its just that banning lasers is so much easier than banning flocks of birds loitering around airstrips