McAllen Woman Arrested for Lasing Aircraft

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46 year old Ruth Ann Hopp  from McAllen was taken into custody for allegedly pointing a laser at an aircraft. 

The criminal complaint alleges the instances in which Hopp is charged occurred during the landing portion of different flights, when the pilots need to be most alert. 

Lasers have a dangerous effect on pilots when the beams of light strike an aircraft. The light can temporarily blind the pilot. 

If convicted, Hopp faces up to five years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. 

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