The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) are reportedly emulating their police colleagues and resorting to less orthodox ways of dealing with the growing threat of lasers being shown on helicopters or other aircraft during approach or take off.
According to state news agency Xinhua, offenders caught in the act will be shipped to laboratories previously used for dubious experiments, strapped to a table and have their eyelids propped open. They will then have their own devices shown into their eyes intermittently, for a minimum of four hours. Other forms of corporal punishment are optional, depending on the consequences of the offenders’ actions and the whim of the guards on duty.
Reactions to this initiative were divided, with many in the general public calling the measures barbaric, while most in the aviation community congratulated the CAAC on their tough, no-nonesense stance.
This publication reached out to Flight Safety Foundation for comments, but the press officer was out on break. The intern who answered the call thought it was a fabulous idea though, commenting that “that would teach those fucktards to put the target aircraft and its passengers at risk” and added that she would talk to “her uncle” about lobbying for such measures to be adopted by the FAA and EASA.