Strip Club Nearly Blinds Southwest Pilots At Love Field

Strip clubs and cockpits don’t mix, at least not when there’s a spinning search light involved, says the FAA. The agency has asked Bombshells, a club near Love Field Airport in Dallas, TX, to keep its newly installed rooftop light turned off after the pilot for a Southwest flight reported his cockpit was flooded with light while trying to land the plane. The pilot feared that it was a laser strike, which can cause temporary blindness.

The club’s manager says he was promised the light was installed at an angle that wouldn’t interfere with planes.

I have been trying for half an hour to come up with a good joke about strip clubs, cockpits, and temporary blindness. I turn these terms over to you.

“Strip Club Spot Light Endangers Flight”


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  1. rbb says:

    That’s nothing compared to the distraction that once existed on the final approach to Wright Patterson Air Force Base. It was a fairly large drive in theater that showed films of an “adult nature.” It was named the Fairborne Drive In, but the locals referred to it as the “Skyporn.”

    • AstroWorn2010 says:

      I grew up in the Dayton Ohio area, that was a favorite spot for many High School kids. I mean what was better than watching giant porn and Air Force planes land! This was of course before the days of the internet.

    • DariusC says:

      Nice! Are you sure though? I cannot believe they played those movies out in the open like that! I’ll have to ask some pilot buddies of mine to confirm :P

      • AstroWorn2010 says:

        I watched them from the road in High School with my buddies, it was kind of a local joke in the mid to late 80’s so I am pretty sure. It was obscured by some trees but it didn’t hide much.

  2. tedyc03 says:

    Chris, I’ve got to say the jokes almost invent themselves here.

    Strip club? Love Field? The LUV airline? The Southwest history with Kyla Ebbert?

    I don’t think you’re trying hard enough.

  3. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    She blinded me with search lights!


    She’s poetry in motion.
    Her “spheres” are in commotion
    The elements in harmony
    She blinded me with search lights.

    • mattarse says:

      “This video contains content from EMI. It is no longer available in your country.”

      I guess EMI hates Czechs :)

  4. Liam Kinkaid says:

    Sounds like she had her high beams on.

  5. MikeM_inMD says:

    That report was 40 seconds of news about the searchlight incident and nearly 70 seconds of hyperventilating about laser incidents.

  6. OnePumpChump says:

    “The club’s manager says he was promised the light was installed at an angle that wouldn’t interfere with planes.”

    If it’s pointed above the horizon, at all, it can at least hit planes.

  7. Snarkster says:

    Change article title to, “Pilots confused by club searchlight risk touching down on wrong landing strip.” There you go.

  8. Difdi says:

    Strippers flash pilots! Full story at 11!

  9. jtormey3 says:

    It’s not as if pilots under Randy Babbitt’s FAA regime have any OTHER distractions:
    Randy Babbitt, FAA’s Captain Prozac®!
    Superfly FAA Administrator J. Randolph (“Randy”) Babbitt has now authorized drugged-up pilots with mental problems to fly jumbo-jets in the national airspace, including possibly over your house and head. You might even be reading this blog on a PDA, about to take off as a passenger on an airplane, piloted by one of the new members of FAA’s Prozac Nation… But don’t worry. It’s only SOMETIMES that Prozac increases the user’s risk of suicidal thinking – or suicidal behavior – or panic attacks – or drowsiness – or hallucinations – or uncontrollable shaking – or seizures – or fainting – or a coma.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Sorry, I won’t take any article or person who posts a link to an article that contains more than one LOLCat picture and also pictures of plane crashes.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Also, stop linking to your own blog. I actually think less of you after reading that. And you are a lawyer?

  10. FredKlein says:

    the pilot for a Southwest flight reported his cockpit was flooded with light while trying to land the plane.

    However does he manage to land the plane during the day?

  11. Phaedrus351 says:

    Not temporary blindness, permanent. IE, the pilot thought his career and possibly the flight were about to come to an end, so not simply a glare issue like daylight.

  12. common_sense84 says:

    Lasers do not cause temporary blindness. This is a lie they make up to make the charges worse for anyone who shines a light into the sky.

    • classic10 says:

      Strong lasers can cause PERMANENT blindness.

    • dg says:

      Caution: Do not look at LASER with remaining good eye.

    • Genocidicbunny says:

      Lasers that shine at certain wavelength’s most certainly can and will blind you if you are hit straight in the eye with them. Ever heard of Lasik? The procedure where they use a laser to reshape your cornea? Think that but being used not by a surgeon but some random guy with a laser pointer.

      • ktetch says:

        Bit of a difference between a tightly focused ‘point’ in a fairly powerful laser, and a 5mm ‘spot’ of a weedy 5mW pointer.Difference is like being hit by a piece of chalk, and being hit by a bullet.

    • infecto says:

      Yet you can buy lasers that causes blindness when pointed at your eye but also when looking at wherever its pointed!

  13. classic10 says:

    A typical FOX report. They manage to say laser 1000 time after one line regarding the incident that WASN’T ABOUT LASERS!

  14. Dallas_shopper says:

    The area around Love Field sucks ass anyway…nothing but tit bars and liquor shops with some taquerias and some very VERY low-income housing mixed in. Bad enough that you have to come out through that when you fly into Love Field. The last thing pilots need is to be dazzled by a bright light shining in their eyes when they’re trying to land a plane on a short runway in an urban area.

    They shouldn’t redirect the light, they should REMOVE it.

  15. operator207 says:

    Yet another way to go blind while looking at porn?