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FBI NEWS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Special Agent Jason Pack


(601) 948-5000 Jason.Pack@ic.fbi.gov

Jackson

DONT LET A PRANK LEAD TO PRISON

Division
Donald Alway
Special Agent in Charge

(JACKSON, Miss) Intentionally aiming a laser at an aircraft poses a serious threat to those in the air and on
the groundand its a serious crime with serious consequences. The FBIs Jackson Field Office recently
investigated an aircraft laser strike in the metro Jackson area and wants to make the point that its very
dangerous.
Agents aim to deter people from pointing lasers at aircraft, a federal violation that presents danger to pilots,
passengers, and those on the ground. Since the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began
tracking laser strikes in 2005, data shows a more than 1,100 percent increase in the deliberate targeting of
aircraft by people with handheld lasers.
The number of FAA-reported laser incidents nearly doubled in 2015, to 7,703. This is a significant increase
over the past four years, which had hovered around 3,500-4,000 incidents per year
Since 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration recorded 59 incidents reported in Mississippi. The number
of incidents doubled from 13 in 2014 to 28 in 2015. In the first five months of 2016, there have already been
seven reports of aircraft laser strikes across the state.
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Although our previous efforts to raise public awareness have been successful in reducing the number of
aircraft laser incidents, the laser threat remains a problem on a much larger scale, said Donald Alway,
Special Agent in Charge of the Jackson Field Office. These incidents continue to pop up all across the
country, even in Mississippi.
An increase in reported laser attacks in recent years prompted the FBI to create a pilot program aimed at
raising awareness. Since the launch of the pilot program in 2014, the major metropolitan areas of those 12
field offices have seen a 19 percent decrease in the number of reported incidents.
The Laser Threat Awareness Campaign has resulted in an overall reduction of incidents, and we look
forward to continuing to work with the FBI on these efforts, said Air Line Pilots Association International
President Captain Lee Moak.
Thousands of laser attacks go unreported every year. If you have information about a lasing incident, or see
someone pointing a laser at an aircraft, call your local FBI field office or dial 911.
Story Resources (audio and video): https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/february/protecting-aircraft-fromlasers
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