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.
To illustrate the problem, the State Patrol today released this video of a laser pointer being aimed at a pilot flying at 2,000 feet.
On Jan. 29, troopers in a State Patrol airplane were targeted with a laser pointer in the Fife area. The airplane was initially hit with a green laser and the tactical flight officer (TFO) was able to turn the airplane's Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera on the residential area where the initial laser originated. The individual soon tried it again, and the TFO was able to identify the individual's location.
The airplane flew over the residence until Pierce County sheriff's deputies were able to make contact with the individual.
The suspect was not arrested at the scene. However, a person can be indicted under the Patriot Act for interfering with aircraft pilots, and charges by the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office are considered pending and should be filed by the end of this month, the State Patrol said.
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