Lasers Pointed at Jets=Federal Prison

The Register reports that Dana Christian Welch of Orange could face up to 20 years in federal prison after being found guilty of shining a handheld laser at jets landing at John Wayne Airport.

Seriously, I’d like to know exactly what goes through the mind of someone who decides to deliberately shine lasers into the eyes of airline pilots.

Is it a mental dialogue comparable to that of Beavis and Butthead? “Huh, huh, huh, huh, lasers!”  Or is it simply a complete disregard for the safety of hundreds of people?

Either way, it looks as if Mr. Welch has discovered it totally wasn’t worth it.

5 Comments so far

  1. Jon (oc_jon) on April 23rd, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    Is this one of those hand held dealies you use for a powerpoint presentation or is it something bigger? So weird.

  2. frazgo on April 23rd, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

    Either way, good riddance for a few years before being released on probation.

  3. Dave Share (daveshare) on April 23rd, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

    I can see how this SOUNDS like they’re being way too harsh, but if those people had dies, he’d be in jail for life.

    Fraz is right though, he won’t make 20 years.

  4. Jon (oc_jon) on April 24th, 2009 @ 11:16 am

    I never said anything like it sounded to harsh. Just wondered what kind of laser it was.

  5. Dave Share (daveshare) on April 24th, 2009 @ 11:48 am

    It wasn’t meant to be accusatory. It was a general comment. When I first read it I thought it sounded lame. I thought they shined it on the bottom of the plane or something. Not the cockpit. People with laser pointers are stupid anyway.

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