Considering that I've been using green lasers to point out stars since 2003, and have bought several for our campus astronomy club, I vehemently despise any exaggerated report that demonizes personal laser use.
Interestingly, nobody has ever bothered us, and I know at least a few students have nailed a plane now and then ("i think that's a satellite!").
It would really suck if false reports about sizzling eyeballs would cause judges to start convicting good natured back-yard astronomers with felonious acts of terrorism.
Seen the CSI episode from 2004/2005? The pilot's corneas were melted from a pointer! The public believes this shit!