This guy is a real piece of work.
Man accused of shining lasers on commercial planes
8/15/2007 6:14 PM
By: Associated Press
EL PASO, Texas -- An unemployed man accused of pointing a laser at commercial planes flying over his home was arrested after FBI agents saw the beam.
Nobody on board was hurt.
47-year-old Clinton Udet Pinckert was arrested by the FBI at his house in Clint, about 20 miles southeast of El Paso.
Pinckert is accused of attempting to disable a commercial aircraft. If convicted, Pinckert faces up to 20 years in prison.
FBI agent Andrea Simmons says complaints were received this month about four commercial planes having a laser shined on the cockpits.
The Federal Aviation Administration assisted in narrowing down the location. FBI agents who were dispatched to the Clint area saw the laser.
Agents seized the device, which is about the size of a ten-inch-long flashlight.
Simmons says there's no indication that the case has ties to terrorism.