Laser pointers were once really popular. Whether it be teachers using them for lectures, or kids using them to annoy people at movie theaters, they were a big thing some time ago.

Now, the only time we usually bust out a laser pointer is when we're looking for a way to entertain our pets.

Laser Pointers At Planes

I can't imagine why someone would want to point a laser pointer at a plane (Flying is scary enough) but I am curious: is it legal?

State Laws

According to, several states have different laws pertaining to laser pointers and aircrafts.

For example, Minnesota has a state law, where it is illegal to aim a laser into a cockpit.

In Michigan, you can get up to 5 years in prison and/or get fined $10,000 for aiming energy weapons, including lasers at any aircraft or moving trains.

National Law/North Dakota

While several states have laws on laser pointers, I haven't found anything for North Dakota.

That said, there are national laws on the matter.

According to the source, a person can receive 5 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine for pointing a laser at the path of an aircraft, or the aircraft itself in the jurisdiction of the United States.

Is It Illegal

In short, yes. It's illegal in all fifty states based on the national law stated above. Several states have their own individual laws on the matter as well.

Word to the wise: Don't do it. If you do you will get in a lot of well-deserved trouble. Also, why would you???


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