Attila the Pun
Friday, January 07, 2005
Caveat Emptor

The excellent website ThinkGeek will sell you a Green Laser Pointer for $US99.99. They suggest that it can be used for:

This allows the green laser pointer to be used for pointing to star constellations (skypointing) and also just generally look cool as hell. The green laser beam dot can be seen at much greater distances than with a red laser pointer.

Though I don't know whether he purchased it from there, one man is facing possible jail time:

A MAN could be jailed for 25 years for flashing a hand-held laser at a plane while playing with his daughter. David Banach shone the beam at a chartered jet and a police helicopter over his home near Teterboro Airport, New Jersey.

Mr Banach, 38, said he was using the laser to look at the stars with his seven-year-old daughter.

The FBI acknowledges Mr Banach has no connection with terrorism but calls his actions foolhardy and negligent.

Mr Banach was using a class 3A laser device bought for $US100 ($130) on the Internet.


Police said the green beam temporarily blinded both pilots of a chartered jet carrying six people as it descended to land at Teterboro on the evening of December 29.

He doesn't appear to be as bright as his laser however:

Two days later one of the pilots joined FBI agents in a police helicopter to try to find the source of the light. As they hovered near the site of the incident, another laser illuminated the helicopter.

Nor exactly truthful:

Told of the laser incident, he said his daughter had pointed the laser at the helicopter.

He later admitted under interrogation that he had shone the beam.

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