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Lasers Still Pose a Threat to Pilots Flying Into NYC Airports, Feds Say

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation says pilots flying into New York City airports are continually threatened by laser attacks.

According to the FBI, laser incidents increased by 39 percent last year compared to 2012.

In its latest effort to stop the trend the FBI has announced a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone who aims or has aimed a laser at an aircraft.

The FBI says the lasers have caused injuries in the New York area as recently as December 26.

That's when a JetBlue pilot flying into JFK suffered from blurry vision for over a week after being temporarily blinded by a laser.

"We've had 100 incidents this year, and I want to say we've had a handful of arrests," said Stephen Woolery of the FBI's counterterrorism division. "So this kind of crime, it's difficult to investigate this kind of crime because what happens, we have to know where the laser light, where the handheld device, the origin."

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (212) 384-1000.

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