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FAA warns against aiming holiday laser-light displays toward sky in effort to protect pilots
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Intentionally pointing holiday laser light displays at the sky can not only harm pilots but it's considered a federal crime, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Amid the holiday season, the agency is urging anyone who is setting up laser-light displays to make sure their creations are aimed toward their home and not at the sky, in order to protect pilots who have reported being distracted and even temporarily blinded from such incidents every year, the FAA said.
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"The extremely concentrated beams of laser lights reach much farther than you might realize," the FAA said. "You might not realize this, but a well-meaning attempt to spread holiday cheer has the potential to create a serious safety risk to pilots and passengers on airplanes that fly overhead."
According to the FAA, certain high-powered lasers can "completely incapacitate pilots who are trying to fly safely to their destinations."