28 Apr '14, 2pm

How a laser pointer can jeopardise flight safety

How a laser pointer can jeopardise flight safety

The seemingly harmless laser pen has turned out to be a threat to flight safety after pilots expressed concerns about growing incidents of laser lights being flashed at planes flying in and out of Changi Airport. Between January and March, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) received 16 reports of laser lights being flashed here, compared with 25 for the whole of last year. The CAAS has launched a public awareness campaign, targeting households in the east. Here's a Q&A about laser pointers: What are the different types of laser pointers? Low-powered laser pens and pointers commonly used in presentations can be bought off-the-shelf in most stationery stores in Singapore. These pointers usually emit red light and usually cost around $20. There are more expensive ones that emit green or blue light which can cost more than $100. The use of lasers comes under the ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/more-singapore...

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