Pilots report lasers being shined at them during flight

KITTITAS COUNTY NEWS RELEASE -- Local pilots have reported being lasered while flying in Kittitas County. This is not only dangerous but also illegal. Law enforcement will be following up on reports and encourage people who witness incidents to call them to help identify the violators.

Pilots being targeted may also be worried about eye damage and eye injuries, and the possibility of the laser being an aiming device on a weapon. Lasers are distracting and not a good thing during critical flight phases such as landings, takeoffs and emergency maneuvers.

For all these reasons -- and especially due to the distraction, glare and flashblindness effects -- you should NEVER point a laser towards an aircraft.