25 May 2009

Efforts against laser attacks to be stepped up

7:47 am on 25 May 2009

The Civil Aviation Authority is promising swifter action to help catch people who target aircraft with lasers.

So far this year there have been 15 laser incidents reported to the CAA, nine of them in Auckland. Last year there were 56 incidents across the country

The authority says pilots who face a laser strike should inform air traffic controllers, who can then alert the police to try to identify offenders.

Police helicopter crews are also considering whether to buy technology that can track the attackers.

Officers with the Air Support Unit are looking at the effectiveness of laser recording devices, which are used in police helicopters overseas.