August 31, 2010 / 5:35 PM / 7 years ago

France arrests man for trying to dazzle pilots with laser

PARIS (Reuters) - A man appeared in court Tuesday accused of trying to dazzle pilots with a laser beam as they were landing at France's second-busiest airport Paris Orly, aviation authorities said.

"Several pilots complained and the man was arrested near the runway," a spokesman for the civil aviation authority said.

Airport security officials said three pilots, including crew of Air France and EasyJet flights, warned the control tower on Sunday, which alerted the police and the man was caught in the act.

A spokeswoman for Air France said its pilot was never in any difficulty but there had been a growing number of such incidents.

Reporting by Bate Felix; editing by Andrew Roche

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