2 Nov 2012

Public feedback sought on hand-held lasers

9:21 am on 2 November 2012

The Government is seeking feedback on how to tighten controls on high-power hand-held laser pointers.

About 100 laser strikes on aircraft were reported to the Civil Aviation Authority in 2011.

Air New Zealand recently supported calls for the pointers to be outlawed, following the sentencing of a man who shone a laser at the cockpits of three commercial planes and a police helicopter.

Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew says at present, there are no laws governing the import, availability and sale of laser pointers.

Ms Goodhew is inviting public feedback on whether the status quo should remain or if ownership of the lasers should be regulated.

The Government says it is unlikely they will remain unregulated for much longer.