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FBI Investigating Laser Beams Over Cleveland Airport

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | February 07, 2016

FBI Investigating Laser Beams Over Cleveland Airport

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The FBI announced Friday that it is investigating multiple incidents in which laser beams distracted pilots flying into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Fox News reported. 

It has happened more than two dozen times since December, with two of those incidents occurring Wednesday and Thursday, according to Fox. Officials believe last week’s laser beams came from the Cleveland-Lakewood border near Lake Erie.

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Prior laser strikes occurred Dec. 16 and involved 25 commercial airplanes landing at the airport, Fox said. Officials speculate that those came from Cleveland's west side.

Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a federal crime and could result in prison time, Fox said.

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"On each of these occurrences, the pilots have reported that the laser caused them difficulty with concentrating," Vicki Anderson of the Cleveland FBI told WKYC-TV. "It can cause them flash blindness; it can cause them to have some spotty looks, you know when you shine a light in your eyes you can see spots afterward. And, of course, it distracts them; sometimes it has disoriented them."


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