Pilots Face More Danger From Lasers: Police

By Brandon Benavides
|  Wednesday, Sep 8, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM EDT
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Maryland State Police are cracking down on lasers pointed at pilots.

The laser pointers can cause a flash of light in the cockpit, blinding the flight crew, police said, and the threat is growing.

A state police medevac helicopter crew was recently targeted with a laser pointer while trying to land in Ocean City to pick up a trauma patient.

Baltimore County police recently charged a person with reckless endangerment for shining a laser at a helicopter.

Maryland State Police and Baltimore city and county police officials are meeting to discuss ways to identify and prosecute people who target pilots with laser pointers.

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