Brownsville police and the FBI are investigating several incidents in which someone has flashed a laser beam into the cockpit of planes arriving at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.
Brownsville police spokesman J.J. Treviño said over the past several months, pilots have reported seeing the beam as they land.
The beam is dangerous because it could temporarily blind the pilots, Treviño said.
Neither Treviño nor an FBI spokesman could say exactly how many incidents have been reported nor what kind of laser investigators suspect was used.
Treviño said the laser has more power than an average classroom laser pointer, but he also said the culprit likely was in the immediate surrounding area of the airport to be able to reach the cockpit with the beam.
“We take things like this very seriously, given the tremendous risk with flight,” Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman, said.
A spokesperson for the airport said airport officials report incidents like this to the proper authorities, including police, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the local FBI Office at 956-546-6922 or Brownsville Crime Stoppers at 956-546-8477.