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US: New Statute Outlaws Pointing Lasers at Planes

Source: MoonPatch.com

Shining a laser at an aircraft or its point of travel is now illegal under federal law.

President Obama on Feb. 14 signed into law the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which includes provisions that make it a criminal offense to aim a laser beam at an aircraft or its flight path.

The crime is punishable by a fine of $250,000 and up to five years in prison. [Full story]