Many involved with aviation are aware that pointing lasers at in-flight aircrafts can be a serious, if not deadly, issue. The FAA and the justice system have been taking serious action against violators of FAA policies banning the practice of striking aircraft with lasers. Violators are given heavy jail sentences upon conviction (a 26 year old man in California was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison), and the FBI is currently offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a recent violator.
Click here for additional information on this serious subject. This FAA page includes articles detailing laser-related arrests and convictions, an FBI video on the dangers of pointing lasers at aircraft, and a consumer safety alert on purchasing lasers.