Denver Among Top 10 Airports For Laser Incidents

Denver Among Top 10 Airports For Laser Incidents POSTED: 1:00 am MST December 13, 2011
UPDATED: 1:23 am MST December 13, 2011
Denver — The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a website aimed at helping crack down on the number of incidents of pilots being distracted in the cockpit by lasers. The website,, is aimed at making it easier for pilots, air traffic controllers, and the public to report laser incidents.

The number of incidents has more than tripled over the last three years. In 2010, the FAA said 2836 incidents were reported. Two years prior there were only 913 reported. A Denver pilot said a laser beam in the cockpit, especially while landing can be a nightmare scenario. “You have a train of thought and process already in the frame of mind, and something that startling can throw you off your game plan,” said Dr. James Simmons a pilot and Metro State University professor.

“It could easily cause you to lose control of the aircraft.” Denver International Airport is one of the top airports for laser complaints. According to FAA records, in 2010 38 incidents were reported at the airport. The FAA and other agencies have taken a hard stance on laser incidents. This summer it announced to level $11,000 fines on people caught beaming lasers towards planes or helicopters. People can also face jail time.


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