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Teen Arrested for Pointing Laser at Jet Landing at LAX

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A Boeing 737 coming in for its landing at Los Angeles International Airport last night was the target of a laser beam pointed at the jet by a teen boy on the ground, reports KTLA. The pilots were able to determine the location of the green laser, and notified the authorities who headed to Avalon Boulevard and East 161st Street in South Los Angeles to check things out.

The 14-year-old boy with the laser turned his beam towards the police chopper that hovered over him. He was arrested, and police say the teen is in juvenile custody.

LAX had more laser-pointing incidents than any other airport in the country last year--over 100 of them. The FAA cautions that the laser beams can distract pilots during crucial points during takeoffs and landings.

Last year, a 19-year-old man who pointed his beam at a CHP helicopter wound up being sentenced to time in a federal prison.