Malaga airport laser father and son face €600,000 fine

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Laser Pointer

A BRITISH father and his son, aged 41 and 15, face a multi-thousand Euro fine for allegedly dazzling pilots at Malaga airport with laser pointers.

If found guilty, the men could be handed fines of between €30,000 and €600,000 for breaching the Citizen Security Law, according to the Provincial Commissary.  Meanwhile, the British Government say they are now considering a series of proposals to restrict the use of potentially dangerous pointers.

The accused were identified by an off-duty National Police officer who was staying at the same hotel, the Don Pablo de Torremolinos.  The policeman allegedly saw two people on a sixth-floor terrace pointing lasers “indiscriminately” in the air and at three planes, as well as vehicles driving in the area at around 11pm.

The National Police officer called 091, telling his colleagues about the incident.  A patrol car was sent to the hotel, where staff helped the police locate the room of the accused, which officers then searched, finding small, green laser pointers.

Police confiscated the pens and took statements from the two, who apparently accepted their guilt, according to media reports.

At the same time as the incident, several pilots alerted Malaga Airport’s air traffic control tower they had been dazzled by lasers, saying they believed they came from the Bajondillo area, where the hotel is.  It is not believed anyone was injured in the incident.

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