PILOTS using the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have asked the authorities to do something about the laser pointing on aircrafts by irresponsible mindless individuals near the airport saying they endanger the lives of many.
This was learned Wednesday after Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal appealed to residents living on the periphery of the country’s premier airport to stop distracting pilots by pointing laser pointers in the cockpit while the plane is landing or taking off. He aired the appeal after receiving mounting complaints from pilots about the mischievous acts.
“There were some reports before or the same. We will refer this to CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines). However, we are encountering problems in determining the specific area,” Monreal, in a text message to newsmen covering the NAIA, said.
The airport’s vicinity which has a large number of informal residents has long been a concern due to the difficulty in securing the area.
Furthermore, reports reaching MIAA indicate that laser pointers cause temporary blindness to pilots when their eyes are hit directly endangering the safety and security of flights and its passengers.
The MIAA explained that the pilot’s loss of sight could lead to an airplane crash and the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, not to mention the destruction of property worth billions.
The CAAP previously has imposed a P500,000 fine as penalty for aircraft laser pointing as it deputized the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group to arrest offenders. But so far no one has been apprehended for the offense.