A spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority said that shining a laser at an aircraft is a "serious risk to the safety of passengers and crew", it comes as the number of such attacks has almost trebled in the last 12 months. The CAA said:
During critical phases of flight, such as take-off and landing, pilots need to employ maximum concentration.
Being dazzled and temporarily blinded by an intense light could potentially lead to flight crew losing control of the aircraft.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is now a specific criminal offence and the police regularly catch the perpetrators.
We strongly urge anyone who observes a laser being used at night in the vicinity of an airport to contact the police immediately.