Re: Guy who lasered airplanes.. appropriate punishment?
What lgj said.
The guy undertook a criminal act endangering the lives of numerous innocent people. He pointed a blinding device at two pilots who were already flying toward the ground at 300 mph, and who had plenty of other tasks to manage at the same time. Then he did the same thing to helicopter pilots sent to locate him.
Those lasers can blind people, and I don't mean temporarily. I know a teacher who suffered permanent damage to her eyes, and who must wear very dark glasses at all times. She even had to retire because she couldn't work anymore.
So, at best, the criminal under discussion here endangered the livelihoods of three or more pilots. At worst, he's guilty of multiple counts of attempted murder and wanton destruction of perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars of private and government property. More depending on the type of helicopter involved and the value of whatever's in the flight path of that airport.
A fine? Community service?
EDIT: Thanks, NJRed, for clarifying the type of plane and number of passengers. I'll adjust my post accordingly.
Makes all the routine posts.
Last edited by Redsland; 01-05-2005 at 10:50 AM.
Reason: Add'l facts and stoopid tipos.