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Laser Laws – For ILDA Members

To ILDA Members:

Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill which includes a provision making it a federal crime to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft, or at the flight path of an aircraft in U.S. airspace. The language in H.R. 658’s Section 311 will become Title 18, Chapter 2, Section 39A of the United States Code. A complete text of the law is below. 

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Boys Will Be Boys….

Clark James Gable, 22, the only grandson of legendary actor Clark Gable, was playing with a laser when police arrested him, charging him with a felony this week, his manager told CNN Saturday.

Gable is accused of pointing the laser inside the cockpit of a Los Angeles police helicopter flying over Hollywood, authorities said. A friend of Gable, whom the manager said was driving the car Gable was in, is facing the same felony charge, police said.

“Boys will be boys, and he was playing with what he thought was a toy and not a felony piece,” Roxane Davis, Gable’s manager, told CNN. “From what he told me from jail, he had it out the window and he was shining it out the window, and the next thing he knew was that he had a spotlight on him.

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State Patrol Airplane Hit with Laser

Seattle-Tacoma: The FBI and Transportation Security Administration are investigating complaints that someone has been pointing lasers at airline pilots as they approach Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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Laser Pointer Safety

NewAje is a member of ILDA and so that ILDA Members and laserists know, ILDA has been heavily involved in this issue of laser pointer safety. ILDA has submitted their version of a proposed U.S. law to CDRH. They will shortly be asking the CDRH to require labels on laser pointers, to specifically warn against aiming at aircraft. They have given presentations at international laser safety meetings. And the ILDA-sponsored website is the world’s #1 resource for information, news, links and solutions to this growing problem.


Although ILDA does not deal with laser pointers per se, they do this because 1) They are concerned about negative publicity if there is a serious laser-aircraft incident, and 2) it is a public service to try to find a reasonable solution that keeps laser pointers safe and legal.

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