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FBI trying to deter people from pointing lasers at planes

newark airport (EPA/TANNEN MAURY)

(Credit: Newark Liberty International Airport (EPA/Tannen Maury))

The FBI for the first time is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for tips that bust people who point laser lights at airplanes, while incidents in New York were up in the past year.

In 2013, there were 99 reported instances of lasers aimed into cockpits in the New York area, up from 71 in 2012, the FBI reported.

Intentionally targeting aircraft with laser lights is a felony and poses...

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