Drones – Smugglers & Drunken Larks

Seems drones are in the news more than ever.  A recent U.S. drone strike killed two suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen this week, which is the first attack since U.S.-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said he was resigning, leaving Yemen in a state of political chaos.  Meanwhile, here in the United States, a drunken federal employee crashed his “quadcopter” onto the White House’s grounds, evading the White House radar system, which is designed to catch much bigger threats.

This incident highlights the increasing issues surrounding drone use in the United States, which include privacy, safety, land use and more.  While commercial drone users continue to wait for the Federal Aviation Administration to issue guidance regarding commercial use of drones in the United States, drug smugglers certainly are not waiting for such guidance.  A drone used by a drug smuggler from Mexico recently crash-landed just south of the U.S. border city of San Ysidro, California, in a failed drug delivery this week, Tijuana Municipal Police said.  Here is a fun video talking about it.  Drug Smuggling Drone

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