The FAA Declares War on Christmas

Reports of disruption from holiday lights and lasers are up in 2019

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Watch out, Clark Griswold. The Federal Aviation Administration just issued a warning against holiday “laser light displays” aimed at the sky, which can interfere with pilots’ vision.

Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 23, the agency recorded 5,486 “laser incidents,” up from 4,949 in 2018. That total includes both holiday lights and laser pointers.

The FAA has issued this warning before, first in 2017 under the headline “Enjoy Your Holiday Laser-light Display Responsibly” and again in 2018 with “Make Sure Laser Light Displays Aren’t Aimed at the Sky.”

It appears the agency has lost its patience this year, titling the warning simply “Do Not Aim Laser-Light Display at Sky.”




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