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Police Service warns persons against directing laser lights at planes entering or leaving Piarco Airport

by | Mar 13, 2015

TTPS LOGOThe Police Service is warning citizens to desist from directing laser lights, at the aircrafts during approach and take-off at the Piarco International Airport.

TTPS Public Information Officer, Acting Assistant Superintendent, Michael Pierre, says the service and the Civil Aviation Authority are concerned over increasing incidents of the illegal practice.

Speaking at the weekly news briefing held at the Police Administration Building, Edward Street, Port of Spain, Mr. Pierre said since 2009 the trend has been growing with 164 reported laser light incidents affecting flight operations at Piarco.He said the most recent took place on February 21st.

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Mr Pierre said the police service has joined with other officials from the National Operations Center and the Civil Aviation Authority to address this serious development.

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TTPS Public Information Officer, Acting Assistant Superintendent, Michael Pierre

Meanwhile, Aviation Security Inspector of the Civil Aviation Authority, Peter Pereira, underscored the implications that can arise from laser lights being directed at planes.

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Mr Pereira explained that the problem is not only a local one but has impacted on pilots and airports internationally adding it have resulted in chaos.

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Aviation Security Inspector of the Civil Aviation Authority, Peter Pereira

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