As my colleague Eric Torbenson notes below, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport didn’t make the FAA’s Top 20 list for airports with the highest number of laser-light strikes in 2010.

But numerous laser-light strikes were reported at the airport last year, according to FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford. He says there were 21 incidents last year of laser lights being shined at planes on approach to DFW, up from 17 in 2009. There were 7 reported at Love Field, 3 more than in 2009.

The FAA says there is no record of a laser pointer’s flash ever causing an accident, but the light beam can make it difficult for pilots to see. That’s because the laser doesn’t appear as a small dot by the time it reaches a cockpit, according to this FAQ on laser-pointer safety. Instead, it looks like “a large glow similar to being in a flashlight or searchlight beam.” That explains the above photo, which was emailed to us by the FAA.

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