Shine a laser at a plane, face an $11,000 fine

Is that shiny new laser you got for Christmas (literally) burning a hole in your pocket? Feel the need to take it out and shine it at something more exciting than your garage door, like a police helicopter? Or considering a trip down to your local airport to fire it at incoming pilots? For health and safety reasons, this has always been a pretty self-evidently bad idea, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a new legal opinion under which it will attempt to fine laser users up to $11,000.

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