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When someone targets an aircraft with a laser, the light expands in the air and pilots experience a wide light beam that fills the window of the cockpit.

Arizona has a new law making it a crime to point laser pointers at aircraft. But some in law enforcement say the law doesn't go far enough because the charge is a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Read more»

This FBI photo shows the effects of a laser pointer striking an aircraft cockpit. From long distances, the blinding beam can be several inches across.

While piloting a police helicopter 500 feet above Tucson, Chris Potter was struck with a brilliant green laser through the right window, temporarily blinding his right eye. “Had the laser also contacted my left eye and created the same incident in my left eye, there would not have been a pilot able to pilot that aircraft back to the hangar,” he said. Read more»

Pilots say laser lights shined into a cockpit can be blindingly bright, making them dangerous to both the pilot and the flight.

Phoenix pilots have reported the second-highest number of "laser strikes" in the nation so far in 2011, a year after being tied for third. Tucson International Airport was number 11 on the list for 2010. Read more»