Why Your Christmas Lights Might Bring Down an Airliner

Laser Light Show

I was talking with a friend yesterday who said that he was impressed by the Christmas lights he saw flying into Burbank Bob Hope Airport. But on some of the houses the displays weren’t just bright, they were blinding.

Turns out that laser Christmas lights, all the rage this season, may be creating a public nuisance. Pilots across the country are reporting “laser strikes” that can be traced back to Christmas displays like the $39.99 Star Shower system.

The lights are legal, for the time being, but unless you’re certain that you are nowhere near a flight path you’re probably better off sticking with traditional Christmas decorations that merely cause fires, falls, asphyxiation, lead poisoning, choking and neurotoxicity.

Merry Christmas.