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Pope’s Plane Targeted by Laser, No Indication Trump Involved

Pope’s Plane Targeted by Laser, No Indication Trump Involved

Targeting of planes an increasing problem.

While Pope Francis’ remarks about Donald Trump were off target, a laser attack during his flight to Mexico was not.

The airline that carried Pope Francis to Mexico says the plane carrying the pontiff was hit by a laser light from the ground as it arrived on Friday.

Alitalia says no one was hurt and the aircraft landed safely. It said Wednesday that the crew notified the Mexico City airport’s control tower of the incident.

Officials around the world have been increasingly concerned about people training laser pointers on jetliners. In some cases, crewmembers have suffered eye damage.

There is no indication Trump was involved.  (Joke)

The number of attacks have dramatically increased, hitting 5,300 last year. However, as demonstrated by a recent flight from London that was mere days before the papal trip, the boldness of the attacks has escalated.

A “laser incident” forced a pilot to turn around a flight from London to New York, Virgin Atlantic Airlines said.

Virgin Atlantic Flight 025 was en route from Heathrow Airport on Sunday when a laser was pointed at the plane, spokeswoman Jaime Fraser said.

“Following this incident, the first officer reported feeling unwell. The decision was taken by both pilots to return to Heathrow rather than continue the transatlantic crossing,” the airline said on its website.

The aircraft landed safely at Heathrow with 252 passengers and 15 crew, Fraser said.

Last November, three commercial planes in Dallas and two news helicopters in New York were hit with lasers while in flight. During the summer, 12 commercial flights over New Jersey were struck by blinding light. A little closer to my home, an American Airlines flight landing in San Diego was hit by a laser 5 minutes before landing.

An example of a laser attack is provided from this video taken during a flight to Moscow, Russia.

And while injury during these incidents seems uncommon, the attacks are a growing concern.

…Lasers cause a visual distraction and can lead to temporary blindness and longer-term eye damage. In some cases, pilots had eye injuries that required medical treatment.

“Our main concern is with the safety of the aircraft,” [FAA spokesman Lynn] Lunsford said. “You don’t want to have a situation where the pilot can’t fly.”

The FAA is looking at a record number of strikes this year: 5,352 were reported nationwide as of Oct. 16, up from 3,894 for all of 2014. The D-FW area has seen a record 115 laser strike reports as of Oct. 16, up from about 85 for all of last year.

D-FW ranks fifth nationally for the most reported laser strikes so far this year, after Los Angeles (197), Phoenix (183), Houston (151) and Las Vegas (132).

The FAA sees no particular pattern in the top spots, except people have easy access to electronics stores where they can “buy a laser for under $30 that will easily cast a beam that goes for 3 to 5 miles,” Lunsford said.

The fines for those involved in these attacks can be thousands of dollars, and the usual jail time for those convicted is 1-3 years (20 is the maximum set penalty).

The underlying reason for the growing reports of such attacks is that laser pointers have become relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain. And while no airline accident has been officially tied to a laser hit on the pilots, the industry is acutely aware of terror concerns.

Let’s hope a solution is found to protect our pilots and prevent the incidents from escalating to the point were pointers are truly weaponized.


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There is no indication Trump was involved. (Joke)

C’mon, Leslie! Do you really think that’s enough of a disclaimer to stop the Trump army from trying to defend their leader? 🙂

There is no indication Trump was involved.

Have faith—the Trump Derangement Syndrome types are doubtless scouring old videos at this very moment, looking for anything favorable Trump ever said about lasers. Or, for that matter, anything favorable he ever said about light.

Trumph once again turned his positivism negative and this time aimed his ire at the Pope.

Will Trumph sue the Pope, a fellow wall-man, for libel?

JimMtnViewCaUSA | February 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

The Trump hate continues. Hey, we went through a debacle here in CA that was quite similar. We had a popular uprising and could have gone with Tom McClintock, a terrific conservative. Instead the movement was hijacked by Ah-nold, who sold us down the river. Now, CA is bluer than ever.

Nonetheless, the reason for Trump is clear. Here’s the latest in the series, with a few snips. The GOPe could have chosen to stand with the American People. They didn’t and no gnashing of teeth will fix it.
“Trump is the first presidential candidate in 50 years who might conceivably: (1) deport illegal aliens, (2) build a wall, (3) block Muslim immigration, (4) flout political correctness, (5) bring manufacturing home, and (6) end the GOP’s neurotic compulsion to start wars in some godforsaken part of the world.
… as governor of Florida, Jeb! aggressively pushed a bill to allow illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses, less than three years AFTER 13 of 19 hijackers used Florida driver’s licenses to board the planes on 9/11.

It is apparently considered less controversial to send a million troops to the Middle East than to stop printing visas for would-be terrorists.
… In June 2001 — three months before the attack committed by Arabs on U.S. commercial airlines — the Bush administration undertook a study to ensure that Arabs were not being disproportionately stopped by airport security. .. The Marco Rubios, Nikki Haleys, Paul Ryans, Jeb!, Zeppo and Shemp Bushes of the GOP say: “Vote for me — we may have a terrorist attack, but at least we’ll know we did the right thing!” Trump says: “I’m going to protect you.”
… This is our last chance. It’s similar to the “point of no return” global warming alarmists keep talking about, except our data isn’t fake.

    “Trump is the first presidential candidate in 50 years who might conceivably: (1) deport illegal aliens, (2) build a wall, (3) block Muslim immigration, (4) flout political correctness, (5) bring manufacturing home, and (6) end the GOP’s neurotic compulsion to start wars in some godforsaken part of the world.”

    The role of the president is to enforce the laws and not to create new regulations or fiats using the executive branch unelected agencies. These agencies must be dissolved immediately. Authority/power must to return to Congress and should never be in the hands of the carnival barker Trumph.

    Ted Cruz is a Constitutional Conservative. He knows how to get things done without destroying our liberties. He is the wall of defense we need against tyranny done for our “benefit”.

    Ragspierre in reply to JimMtnViewCaUSA. | February 19, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    You won’t find a more straw man-packed piece of stupid outside an Obama speech, Jim.

    She includes several out right lies.

    Coulter is out of her mind. If you look at her track record of picking POTUS winners, you’ll open you veins.

I don’t care for your headline.

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