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Uzbekistan: Meeting held to discuss laser "attacks"

Uzbekistan Airways held a seminar covering laser beam illuminations, their potential effects on pilots and how to detect and prevent such incidents. Attendees learned about the dangers of laser pointers and higher-power lasers. A strategy for detection and prevention was developed. Government officials said perpetrators will be punished, and the use of lasers against aircraft will be equated with terrorism.

Among those attending the meeting were representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, committees of the city, flight crews and air traffic controllers.

[Note: News reports did not indicate whether laser incidents had yet taken place in Uzbekistan. A Google News search for anything to do with lasers in Uzbekistan turned up no results.]

From Trend and Central Asia Online