King County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 29-year-old Burien man Tuesday night for allegedly pointing a green laser at incoming flights to SeaTac.
This isn't a rare occurrence. In 2018 alone, the airport has reported 10 similar incidents. Last year, the airport reported 43, and the year before, 63. Luckily, "don’t have any reports of any injuries with these reports and none affected the safe landing of the aircraft," port spokesperson Perry Cooper said.
Okay. But, to the point: WHAT THE FUCK ARE PEOPLE DOING POINTING LASERS AT COMMERCIAL AIRPLANES THAT ARE ABOUT TO LAND?!!
Not fucking funny. NOT FUCKING FUNNY.
"It can be really hard to find a suspect," Cooper, the port spokesperson, said in an e-mail. "Normally, we get a report from a pilot, our officers will interview them after they land, try to triangulate where the suspect might have been from their recollection, then contact that local police agency to check it out. Unfortunately, by then, the suspect is usually gone from the area."
In Tuesday night's case, officials say a King County Sheriff's Office helicopter was already in the air and was able to "triangulate the location" of the suspect at the Burien Transit Center. (DUDE, JUST PLAY WORDS WITH FRIENDS IF YOU ARE BORED WHILE WAITING FOR THE BUS.)
"Talking to the pilot of our helicopter, he has had this personally happen too him 'many times,'" Sgt. Ryan Abbott, KCSO spokesperson, said, "I think a lot of incidents go un-reported as well. We want to make sure we stress how serious of a crime it is and it could really cause a lot of issues to the pilots and innocent passengers on board."
Pointing lasers at airplane pilots is also a felony. Stop it. You are not cool.