NEWARK — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving out up to $10,000 rewards, leading to information on civilians laser-pointing aircrafts. For the next 90 days, the bureau is expected to pursue their nationwide campaign to combat folks who deliberately laser point at airplanes. These types of incidents have been a big problem at airports across the US.
According to the FAA, 2014 has attracted about 33 incidents, compared to 117 at four New-York City-area airports last year.
Close to a decade ago, a Parsippany man received two years of probation after pointing a laser at a landing plane at Teterboro Airport.
The laser-pointing temporarily prevented the pilot from seeing flight instruments. Newark Liberty Airport has seen a rise of laser-pointing incidents over the past year. The nation entirely, has seen a rise of 1000% over the past nine years.
The FBI is asking anyone with information about a ‘lasering’ incident to call their local FBI field office or dial 911.