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Last year, a record 119 laser strikes on aircraft were recorded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), compared with 10 strikes reported in 2006.
Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew said yesterday the new controls would restrict hand-held high-power laser pointers with a power output of 1MW.
Now, anyone wanting to import, sell or acquire high-powered laser pointers would need to apply to the Ministry of Health for approval, she said.
The CAA recorded five laser-strike incidents on planes so far this year, including a recent international flight landing at Auckland.
A CAA spokesman said large and medium-sized passenger aircraft were the most commonly targeted, and ''this means that laser strikes have the potential to cause an extremely high level of public harm in the case of an accident''.
Most of the laser strikes occurred during approach and landing, takeoff and climb-out.
Laser strikes could cause temporary flash blindness, which posed a serious risk to pilots. In 2011, a laser was pointed into an Air New Zealand cockpit while the plane was approaching Dunedin International Airport.
The pilot was able to pinpoint the location of the culprits and two young boys were given a warning by police in connection with the incident.
Cases of laser strikes against aircraft since 2006. -
• Northland/Auckland ... 158
• Waikato ... 57
• BOP, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay ... 23
• Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui ... 30
• Wellington ... 53
• Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough ... 12
• West Coast ... 1
• Canterbury ... 42
• Otago, Southland ... 12
• No accurate location ... 3