O.K., I'll agree that shining a laser at an airplane isn't the smartest thing in the world to do. On the other hand, I certainly don't think that there was any malicious intent on the part of the guy. I also think that the chances of blinding the pilots is incredibly remote, especially on purpose. Without a tripod and a scope, even managing to shine the laser on a plane that is, at the very least, over half a mile away and traveling at 300 mph is not very easy. Let alone trying to target the pilot's eyes.
I loved this bit of sensationalism on the part of the reporter:
The beam shoots from the pointer at 186,000 miles per second.
Duh, speed of light!!!