Comment: Well not quite.

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Well not quite.

He wasn't smacked for a laser pointer, he was smacked for "lasing" which is pointing such a device at an aircraft. This can temporarily blind or PERMANENTLY INJURE the pilot and result in fatalities. As such it's on the order of shooting the pilot in mid air.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.