A man in California (USA) named Sergio Rodriguez was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison for pointing a laser pointer beam at a police helicopter.

The sentence for Rodriguez is expected to be a warning to others. Rodriguez and his girlfriend have been found guilty using a high powered laser pointer to strike the helicopter cockpit in summer 2012.

Laser pointers are very dangerous for the airlines as they can temporarily blind a pilot, especially while landing and taking off. It is reported that in 2015 there were almost 4,000 incidents threatening air transport.