Government of Canada takes action to protect Canadians from laser attacks on aircraft
“I take very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground caused by lasers. That is why I am proceeding with these new safety measures which take effect immediately—to enhance the safety of aviation and the public while we work to bring into force permanent regulations.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
“Crime Stoppers programs across Canada are pleased to partner with Transport Canada to create awareness and education on the severe risk to public safety caused by shining laser lights at aircraft. We encourage the public to report to the police, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers, anyone that puts at risk any aircraft, its passengers and crew by committing this senseless act.”
President, Canadian Crime Stoppers Association
“We commend the federal government on the Interim Order, and look forward to seeing the positive benefits that will come about through proposed amendments to existing regulations, along with increased education and awareness, and the implementation of additional tools for law enforcement and Transport Canada inspectors.”
Captain Dan Adamus
President, Air Line Pilots Association Canada
In 2017, Transport Canada received 379 reports of laser attacks in Canadian airspace. From January 1 to April 30, 2018, there have been 63 reported laser attacks.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous and puts pilots, passengers, and people on the ground at serious risk.
Laser attacks distract pilots, cause glare that affects their vision, or worse, temporarily blinds them. Pilots often report suffering from eye irritation or light sensitivity after being struck in the eye by a laser, which could seriously affect their control of the aircraft and their ability to fly safely. This puts everyone’s safety at risk.
Transport Canada is seeking feedback on laser use and safety issues and invites Canadians to share their views by participating in an online discussion forum, Let’s Talk Lasers.
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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