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FBI Uses Aerial Surveillance to Capture Laser-Pointer Suspect

Published by Ellen on October 28, 2013 10:24 AM

A Portland man accused of pointing lasers at two commercial airplanes -- United and Jet Blue --- has been identified by aerial surveillance. The novel use of surveillance was carried out in four planes, all of which homed in on a specific neighborhood in Portland, Oregon that was the alleged site of laser pointing. These planes were part of a special operation executed by the FBI, Portland Police, and other agencies.

Government agencies are undertaking greater efforts to crack down on laser attacks. Portland ranked among the highest in the U.S. for number of airplane laser attacks with 127 incidents reported last year. These green laser lights have the potential to affect objects up to 5 miles away, serving as dangerous distraction to pilots who may not be able to see as a result. To read more about the FBI's use of aerial surveillance, check out the article on

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