Instead of warning your children about the danger of a laser to aircraft, there is also the option of warning them about being shortsighted: If such a simple mechanism can pose a risk to an aircraft, then it is the aircraft that needs to be redesigned.
Obviously, throwing 19-year olds in jail isn't going to solve the problems of 3,600+ laser incidents that occurred in 2011.
How about the problem of birds flying into airplane propellers?
When we redesign aircraft so propellers aren't used, this isn't a problem anymore, and no more birds have to go to jail (jailbirds).
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