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14-year-old boy arrested for allegedly pointing laser at plane at LAX

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly pointing a powerful laser at a Boeing 737 landing at Los Angeles International Airport, police said Wednesday.

Pilots pinpointed the laser's origin about 8 p.m. Tuesday and called police, who went to the boy's home near Avalon Boulevard and East 161st Street in South Los Angeles, said Sgt. William Dougherty of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police arrived by helicopter, and the boy pointed the green laser at the chopper as it flew in, Dougherty said. The boy was arrested and held in juvenile custody.

Police could not confirm the type of laser he used, but almost any pointed up from the ground could be a distraction to pilots, Dougherty said.

Pointing lasers at plane cockpits can blind pilots and damage their eyesight, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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It is not common sense to not point a laser at someone or something. Maybe eventually it will be, but right now, lasers are just a cool toy. The CHILD made a mistake that even adults have made.

Maybe some community service cleaning airplanes or helping the blind will do him some good.

"socalcomment" is right. Do nothing until a plane crashes or this fine kid uses a rifle on the next police helicopter

This should be considered Domestic Terrorism.

I would like to see him made an example out of. 500 hours of community service working with the blind should do.

@Matt Rackham;

a laser beam through the pupil and onto the retina is not a serious problem for pilots? think my friend...... think.

The child probably meant no harm. Lasers should never have been put up for sale. There is no real reason to own one.

How about instead of writing about how the book should be thrown at this obviously mislead youth, we channel our energy and write the Judge to express sincere concern. We can suggest that he gets proper counceling and help. Can we all stop being hypocrates? It not as easy to be socially responsible as it is to sit on your dearie air and pass judgement.

This child is 14 yrs old. Old enough to have known better. Are we supposed to wait until a plane actually crashes to do something about this? I didn't know isn't going to work when a fully loaded 737 goes down. Time for some preventative medicine for this 14 yr old. Sending him home tells him and everyone around him that it really wasn't a big deal. Send him to juvie.

For all those that think the kid didn't know right from wrong: do you really think he did it because it's fun? What fun is it in pointing a laser? The kid did it because he knew it was wrong! Why else would he do it? Hes been doing it for days! And he should be made an example of or else where's the deterrence from the next kid that wants to be "funny".

Instead of thinking it's not a big deal just because nothing has happened yet, think of a plane crashing with you loved ones in it. Will it be serious then?

the "kid" did this on purpose, no forgiveness.

 
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