ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The FAA and at least one major pilots union are worried about a potentially dangerous decoration among your Christmas light display.
We all have our inner Griswald, and everyone wants to have the glitziest house on the block. But one new tool in the battle to keep up with the neighbors could present a problem for planes overhead.
They're turning up in more and more places, the star shower, as it's called, is a gadget that will bathe your house holiday colored spectrum of a laser beam.
But the concern that's beginning to surface is what happens when these lasers aren't aimed just right. Hitting a neighboring home or tree is one thing. But in a few reported incidents planes have been hit. No one means any harm, but it can be just like those laser pointer incidents that have the aviation world concerned.
Ray Kollar is a flight instructor and says lasers being used for holiday decor can be worrisome.
There have been no reports of trouble in St. Louis thus far, but in a statement the FAA told us, "The FAA`s concern is that lasers, regardless of the source, not be aimed at aircraft where the beams can threaten the safety of a flight.” “Consumers who buy laser light displays should take precautions to make sure that the lights are not shining into the sky."
The International Airline Pilots Association is also talking about this, warning pilots to be extra careful this holiday season. Meanwhile, if you buy one of these star shower set ups, they ask you to be extra careful that all the light on your house.