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Rise seen in lasers pointed at aircraft

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Ian Gregor of the F.A.A. Ian Gregor of the F.A.A.
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By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pilots are reporting a jump in the number of lasers being pointed at aircraft over Honolulu.      

They've counted 9 cases since Christmas Eve.  The Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) says the problem is worse here than in big cities like San Francisco, Denver and Miami.

Honolulu had 45 cases in 2010, which is the 8th highest number of reports in the U.S..

Authorities are worried about pilots being blinded or disoriented by the intense light.

Ian Gregor of the F.A.A. says, "Lasers are increasingly available on the internet and the price level of the devices has dropped as the power level has increased substantially. So that means these things are much cheaper than they used to be, and they're capable of hitting plans at higher altitudes."

There were 28-hundred reports of lasers being shined at aircraft in the U.S. last year.


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