The crews of JetBlue flights 494 and 972 reported that they were targeted by a green laser early Thursday morning. Thankfully, no injuries resulted from these incidents, according to the FAA.
JetBlue Planes Flahed by Lasers at Boston
The FAA received 9,457 reports of laser strikes against aircraft the previous year, which marked a slight decrease from the record-high 9,723 reports in 2021.
Former FAA acting administrator Billy Nolan had previously urged laser manufacturers to alert consumers about the dangers of pointing lasers at planes. He emphasized that such products have the potential to incapacitate pilots, thereby endangering the lives of thousands of passengers every year.
According to data provided by the agency, 277 pilots have reported injuries from laser strikes since 2010.
Individuals found guilty of shining lasers at aircraft can be subject to fines of up to $11,000 for each violation.
Pentagon Airspace Monitoring System
Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to play a crucial role in safeguarding the skies over Washington, DC, as the Pentagon has announced a $100 million investment in a state-of-the-art AI-powered airspace monitoring system.
According to defense officials, this decision follows the successful conclusion of an 18-month prototype demonstration.
The newly developed system serves as an advanced surveillance, identification, and tracking solution aimed at ensuring the security of the controlled airspace in the vicinity of Washington, DC.
Lt. Col. Kurtis Engelson, an official from the US Air Force and a materiel leader for the National Capital Region-Integrated Air Defense System, highlights the cutting-edge nature of this initiative.
The management of the Washington, DC, air defense system is under the purview of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), headquartered in Colorado.
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