Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fears over thugs using laser pens at airports across Scotland

Glasgow Airport is one of the worst for laser pen attacks.

And aviation chiefs yesterday told of their fears of a disaster if the yobs beaming the lasers at planes are not stopped.

There have been 107 incidents at the airport in the last year.

Glasgow ranks highest in Scotland and fourth in the UK for laser attacks, behind Manchester, Birmingham and Heathrow.

Civil Aviation Authority spokesman Richard Taylor, said yesterday: “Shining a laser pen at a pilot is extremely dangerous.

“It is happening at a crucial time, usually when the aircraft is just about to land. Luckily, there have been no major accidents at Glasgow but we do not think we are far off from something really dangerous happening.”

The attacks are thought to have come from blocks of flats in Knightswood and Drumchapel.

Chief Inspector Fraser Lamb, of Strathclyde Police, said: “Shining a laser pen at someone operating machinery is a crime and we will be dealing with it as such.”

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