Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime.
And the number of reported laser crimes has grown since 2010.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report in August 2022 calling on the FAA to do more to address the increasing number of crimes.
The first recommendation the GAO suggests is: “The FAA administrator should determine what information from pilots and crewmembers would be most useful for investigating laser incidents, and how best to collect the information and to share it with law enforcement.”
That’s a good suggestion.
The GAO report claims, “FAA received responses for about 12% of the 8,221 laser incidents that occurred over a recent one-year period from 2020 to 2021.”
If you haven’t yet, take a look at the five-page questionnaire pilots are asked to complete following a laser incident. (Enter “FAA laser questionnaire” in your search engine of choice.)
From my non-law enforcement perspective, the questionnaire quickly strays beyond what an…