WASHINGTON — The FBI said Tuesday it was investigating several more reports of lasers being beamed into aircraft cockpits following a rash of similar incidents at the end of 2004.
The most recent sightings of lasers, which can temporarily blind pilots, come as Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta planned to brief reporters today about the issue at the Federal Aviation Administration's aeronautical research center in Oklahoma City.
Mineta is expected to announce new measures for alerting pilots and preparing them to react when lasers are shined at their aircraft.
He is also expected to outline ways to notify law enforcement more quickly.
Cathy Viray, spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said the bureau was looking into a report that a green light, perhaps from a laser, was beamed onto the nose of an aircraft last week as it was taking off from the Burbank airport.