laser pointers banned in New South Wales
Yup, those ubiquitous and relatively harmless pointers have been banned coz they have been used to “attack” pilots. Several airline pilots have recently reported high-intensity lasers being shone into their cockpits during take-offs and landings wherein the pilots experience a loss of situational awareness and vision. This meant that their landing schedules must be reassessed and delayed. To prevent more attacks and a more serious effect, the government of New South Wales instituted the ban.
High-powered hand lasers, including so-called “star pointers” used by astronomers, would be listed as prohibited weapons in the Australian state, and anyone carrying one without a permit would face a jail term of up to 14 years. The Federal Government has previously said it will consider a nationwide ban on the lasers. This remains to be decided upon.