BANGOR – Christmas season is upon us and decorating is in full swing.
But a new trend may be causing issues for planes flying above. Now the FAA is offering guidelines to keep everyone safe in the skies. When using laser light displays to make your home look festive remember those same lasers can be distracting to pilots.
BIA Assistant Director, James Canders said “A laser strike on a pilot is the same as if you’re driving a car and its at night. And suddenly someone takes a flash photo of you, you get flash blindness, you don’t know whats going on. A laser does the same thing.”
Some tips include placing the light on a stand and aiming low towards the house and to periodically check the unit to be sure it hasn’t been knocked or moved.
Purposely shinning a laser at a plane can result in a $25,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison.