...Laser Just The First Step...

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Assuming a pilot who manages to blunder into the most publicized and recognized restricted airspace in the country recognizes the laser signals for what they are and gets out of the ADIZ, his or her troubles are far from over. Attached to the dozen or so lasers are high-powered cameras that will apparently be able to zoom in on an offender and read his or her tail number. Anyone who sees the bright lights can expect a personal introduction to the country's security apparatus. The military hopes the lasers will be able to get the attention of pilots who have so far successfully ignored fighter aircraft near them. "We determined that at times, pilots of [ADIZ-busting planes] were unaware they had a fighter on their left wing," Lt. Col. Bob Hehemann told The Washington Post. In at least one case the flares didn't make their desired impression. "He thought it was an impressive light show," said Hehemann.