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State Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Pointing Lasers at Airplanes

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Lasers pointed at airplanes have happened frequently enough to prompt state legislators to vote to make it illegal.

If Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, it would become a misdemeanor to shine lasers at planes, and a felony if the plane's flight pattern is disrupted.

The measure comes on the heels of a rise in the number of incidents; it happened nearly a 100 times in the city last year.

Pointing lasers at aircrafts is already illegal under federal law.

Supporters say aligning federal and state laws will make prosecution of such offenses easier.

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