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  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
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Jet Turns Back After Laser Incident

dateline: 16 February 2016

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • turn back: to return to where one started from instead of heading to the intended destination
  • laser: a device that produces a very strong, narrow beam of light
  • precautionary measure: a decision or act to prevent possible future harm
  • mischievous: causing harm or annoyance
  • disorient: to cause one to lose the sense of direction

Jet Turns Back After Laser Incident

A from London (UK) to New York had to turn back this weekend after someone pointed a laser at the plane. The Virgin Atlantic pilot felt after the incident and decided to turn the plane around as a precautionary measure. The mischievous use of handheld lasers is becoming more common, and many pilots think these pointers should be as offensive weapons. The powerful beams can disorient pilots and their vision. It is illegal to shine a light at a plane, but it is not illegal to own a laser . High-powered lasers are readily available over the Internet.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where was the intended destination for the Virgin Atlantic jet?
  2. Why did the pilot decide to turn back?
  3. What illegal act is described in this report? Why is this illegal?

Discussion Questions: Should laser pointers be illegal and classified as weapons? Why might an everyday person need to own a laser pointer?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

5 Comments on “Jet Turns Back After Laser Incident”

  1. Amalia says:

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  2. el carlomagno says:

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  3. el tipo says:

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  4. Nia says:

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  5. Jeong Hojin says:

    I think that this is very good article to prevent someone point at the plane.

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