Pilots complain of laser beams

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Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Thursday reiterated their appeal to residents living near the airport’s runway to refrain from pointing lasers at the plane’s cockpit. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal has received reports that some pilots complained that laser beams are distracting them while landing at the NAIA runway. Authorities said the vicinity near the NAIA has long been a concern because of difficulty in securing the area. They added that informal settlers inhabit a large part of the NAIA perimeter. Reports said the laser beams would temporarily cause blindness when pilots are hit directly in the eyes as well as pose a threat to safety and security of flights and passengers. The Airline Operators Council has said pilots from Cebu Pacific and other commercial airlines that land at NAIA reported being zapped by laser beams.

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