Thu, Feb 17, 2005
NORAD Could Point That Next Laser At Your Plane
Pop Quiz: What do you get when you
accidentally fly into restricted airspace?
A) Dirty looks
B) A stern call on the radio
C) A military escort
D) All of the above
Well, here's a new possibility:
E) A laser beam in the face
NORAD has been looking into the use of lasers to warn pilots
they're flying somewhere they shouldn't be. The alternating red and
green beam of light would initially be used in the Washington ADIZ
and NORAD promises that, unlike lasers that have been beamed at
pilots lately, these are eye-safe.
Steve Luckey, who chairs the ALPA's national security committee,
called the warning system "a step in the right direction -- as long
as they can show they're prudent or safe."
We'll keep an eye on this story.
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