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FedEx requests anti-missile lasers for planes

The shipping company is asking for FAA permission to modify some planes with lasers that would misdirect missiles.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx wants to arm some of its cargo planes with lasers designed to defeat heat-seeking missiles.

ABC News reports the shipping company is asking for FAA permission to modify some planes with lasers that would misdirect missiles. 

Competitor DHL had an Airbus targeted with a surface-to-air missile just after takeoff from Baghdad in 2003. 

The FAA is considering whether the lasers would be safe to ground crews.

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