More than 150 pilots report being distracted by lasers in 2013
Aircraft in Irish skies were targeted by potentially deadly lasers 170 times in the last 18 months.
The Irish Aviation Authority says that its received reports from pilots of 158 such strikes in 2013.
Just last week an Air Corps helicopter transferring a critically ill baby to a Dublin hospital was hit by a laser beam.
The beams can be a distraction and hinder the vision of pilots.