Why do people point lasers at airplane cockpits?

February 7, 2017 By Airline Ticket Centre

The main reason is curiosity.

In 2011, a man named Justin Stouder in suburban St. Louis pointed a laser at a helicopter and was arrested. When he was being questioned by the police, he said-

“I started off admiring the laser, and shining it to see how far it goes. Then a helicopter flew by and I made the decision to see if it would reach the helicopter. Obviously it did.”

Stouder was not charged, although the act was a felony and he could have faced 20 years in prison and/or a fine of $11,000.

Over 2,800 such acts happen a year.