Tabled by Aviation Minister Baroness Liz Sugg, the amendments to the Laser Misuse (Vehicles) bill propose tougher penalties for offenders who misuse laser lights at air traffic control facilities.
The Airport Operators Association (AOA) and the UK’s main air navigation service provider NATS have welcomed the bill.
NATS safety director Dr David Harrison said: “Providing a safe environment for our air traffic controllers at airports to perform their duties is a priority for NATS.
“Working with the AOA, NATS is pleased to have persuaded the government to make it an offence to shine lasers at air traffic control towers.
“Air traffic controllers are a vital component of aviation safety and they deserve to be protected by the law to carry out their duties, so this is an important step forward.”