I was once on a KLM flight that had to take off and go around after being lasered flying over the Stockton/Yarm area on the approach to Teesside (on the second attempt it landed in the other direction, approaching over Darlington, to avoid the lasers). The pilot explained on the Tannoy that this is happening "all the time" now. When I later told my sister about it (who at the time was a scheduled airline first officer, but now flies air ambulances), she said that it was a serious and growing issue at many of Britain's regional airports. The only way to catch these thugs is with large numbers of policemen spread out over a wide area, and they are very rarely available.
Edited by The Ayatollah Buggeri, 08 April 2012 - 05:38 PM.