Laser illumination of aircraft has become more common during last few years. Although these illuminations may result from outdoor laser shows, recently they have frequently been the result of deliberate action. This is either because the perpetrator has a lack of understanding of the consequences, or of more concern, the perpetrator understands the hazards of lasers and illuminates aircraft with the intent of doing harm. The problem has become more pronounced with the easy availability of powerful lasers, often purchased via the internet.
This Briefing Leaflet provides an overview of the effects of laser illumination of aircraft.