Are laser light Christmas decorations catching the eye of pilots?

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB)-  On Towers Boulevard in Cheektowaga, Mike Oshirak has no regrets about buying the newest laser Christmas lights.

After a friend at work showed the lights to Oshirak he decided to get some and thought it would be a lot easier than hanging lights.

Less than a mile from the airport Joe Sass was thinking the same thing. Sass loves how easy the new decorations are to set up.

Last week an airline pilot in Dallas noticed a laser decoration pointing up toward his line of sight. Weeks before, there was a similar complaint from a pilot in Michigan. So the FAA is asking those who own them not to shine them straight into the air .

“If the box is aimed a little high, some of the laser light will not hit the roof of the house it’ll just keep going off into space” says Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration.

NFTA Spokesman Doug Hartmayer says he checked with the control tower and pilots have not reported any problems with these new lights locally. The general manager at Prior Aviation has also heard of no problems here.

But what is a very real threat to pilots are those laser pointers. It is a Federal violation to point those in the sky and two men in Kaisertown were caught doing that a couple years ago. But as for those lights that throw sparkles at the front of the houses, it does not seem to be a problem with any pilots around here.

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