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FBI getting tough with laser pointers

June 4, 2014, St. Louis, Mo. - Silence your cellphone. Save the movie commentary for later. And if you know someone who aims a laser pointer at an airplane, give us a call.


June 4, 2014
By The Associated Press

A new FBI campaign unveiled Tuesday targets the illegal use of laser
pointers to distract airplanes. For the next 90 days, the bureau's 56
field offices are offering $10,000 rewards for information leading to
the arrest of anyone who threatens aircraft in a laser attack.

 

Federal officials say the deliberate targeting of planes by
people with hand-held lasers has increased significantly since 2005,
when the FBI and Federal Aviation Administration began tracking such
crimes.

 

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In the Midwest, the campaign will
be bolstered by public safety messages shown during movie previews at
Wehrenberg Theatres, which owns theatres in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota
and Missouri.