NACC applauds new laser threat awareness campaign
The National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) welcomes the Government of Canada's launch of Not A Bright Idea, a new public education campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangerous practice of pointing a laser at aircraft.
“We are seeing a troubling increase in the number of laser strikes and this raises serious safety implications for pilots, passengers and people on the ground,” said Marc-André O’Rourke, Executive Director of the NACC. “We hope that by raising awareness of the issue through the Not A Bright Idea campaign, people will think twice before shining a laser at an aircraft.”
While pointing a laser into the cockpit is an offence under the Aeronautics Act, the NACC and the aviation community encourage the federal government to take additional action by making the stunt a criminal offence with stronger penalties and by limiting the availability of more powerful lasers.
Visit www.tc.gc.ca/NotaBrightIdea to learn more about the dangers of pointing a laser at an aircraft and how incidents can be reported.