FAA issues warning about holiday laser displays

Posted at 1:58 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 17:17:30-05

NORFOLK, Va - The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an important warning for homeowners decorating their property for the holidays.

In a Tweet this month, the FAA used the hashtag "Lose the Laser," referring to holiday laser light displays.

News 3 spoke to Nightingale Pilot Joe Sherman at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Friday morning.

"The biggest concern is that laser would enter the aircraft and cause this scintillation across the cockpit," explained Sherman. "If we are already dealing with an emergency that will make it worse, absolutely."

As a Nightingale pilot, Sherman and his team can land in neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs and even in fields. If a home has a laser display put up, it could make things more complicated.

It's why they're hoping people will read all of the instructions that come with laser displays and take the FAA's warning seriously.

"Point your laser displays at your house," explained Sherman. "Don’t point them directly into the sky and if you know where aircrafts are operating, definitely don’t point them at that."