The FBI’s new “laser strikes” poster. FBI For years now, we’ve been reporting on people who fire high-intensity laser pointers at flying aircraft. In March 2012, a 19-year-old Californian pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a private aircraft and a police helicopter and was later sentenced to 30 months in prison. On Tuesday, the FBI announced a new program that offers a $10,000 reward “for information leading to the arrest of any individual who intentionally aims a laser at an aircraft.” The program is set to run for the next 60 days in FBI field offices where “laser strikes against aircraft are prevalent.” Those cities include Albuquerque, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Juan (Puerto Rico), and the Washington Field Office.     

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