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FBI Offering $10,000 for Information on Individual(s) Responsible Commercial Aircraft Laser Incidents

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SEATAC – The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person(s) responsible for pointing lasers at aircraft around SeaTac airport.

Since the beginning of 2022, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac – SEA) in Washington State has experienced a dramatic increase in laser incidents involving arriving commercial aircraft. Pilots landing at the airport have experienced a green laser illuminating and tracking the cockpit of their aircraft while on approach to land at SeaTac.

As of March 9, 2022, over 100 separate incidents involving lasers have been documented by aircraft around SeaTac. Neighborhoods, where incidents have been reported, include SeaTac, South Park, Highland Park, White Center, Burien, Normandy Park, and Des Moines.

Lasers pointed at an aircraft can interfere with landing and can increase the risk of injury to the flight crew, passengers, and citizens within the local area.

The FBI has worked with multiple local and federal agencies in an attempt to identify and locate the individual(s) responsible for these laser strikes and is seeking information from the public regarding these incidents.

If you have any information concerning the individual(s) responsible for these laser strikes, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), your local FBI office, the nearest American Embassy or Consulate, or you can submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.