S.1608 - Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for aiming laser pointers at airplanes, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for aiming laser pointers at airplanes, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011 as introduced.

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Sheldon Whitehouse

D-RI

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Official Summary

Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011 - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit the aiming of the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft or in its flight path. Imposes a fine and/or prison term of up to five years. Exempts from such prohibition: (1) individuals conducti

Official Summary

Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011 - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit the aiming of the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft or in its flight path. Imposes a fine and/or prison term of up to five years. Exempts from such prohibition:
(1) individuals conducting research and development or flight test operations for an aircraft manufacturer or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA);
(2) Department of Defense (DOD) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel conducting research, development, operations, testing or training; or
(3) an individual using a laser emergency signaling device to send a distress signal.

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