Close encounters of the drone kind

Craig Whitlock at The Washington Post explores the multitude of safety issues created by flying drones in civilian airspace. In the past two years, there were 15 cases of drones flying dangerously close to passenger aircraft in the U.S. According to NASA records, there have been over 50 complaints lodged by pilots regarding improper and dangerous use of drones. Moreover, since November 2009, registered drone users–including law enforcement and university agencies–have reported 23 accidents and 236 unsafe incidents.

The report also discusses other issues, including privacy, drone “hacking” and drone “spoofing”.

The Washington Post.

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