Last Christmas, Drones were the huge boom in sales and many people asked themselves if they should have bought one for their kids as a present. When it is about fun, these devices can be entertaining, as long their battery lasts.
However, not everything is fun, as drones begin to populate our skies. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) already raised concerns about the hazard they represent to the public, claiming airplane pilots over the US and other countries have been reporting near collisions with drones in midair.
Furthermore, the lack of attitude from the government may put at stake the people’s safety much more than we realize. The low cost and relatively simple operation make drones appealing gifts, but also, with almost limitless uses, represent unique challenges for regulators.
In fact, not just Amazon is trying to use drones for delivery of goods, but so are the smugglers. There are already some examples of drones being used for evil purposes, and as their numbers continue to grow, these applications tend to increase each day. In Mexico, smugglers stopped using only underground tunnels and crashed a drone flying just south of the city of San Ysidron, California, in a failed drug delivery, as CNN reported. In addition, all around the globe, drugs are being delivered to penitentiaries, such as reported on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil, at about 10 a.m. on March 7. The inmates did succeeded that time.
In another type of mission, as stated The Guardian, also in Brazil, during the world cup, France’s coach, Didier Deschamps, told reporters that a possible spying mission compromised France’s preparations for the opening game against Honduras after a drone hovered over their training camp.
Not only spying and delivering products, civilian drones now can also carry guns. Austin Haughwout, an 18 years-old teenager from Clinton, Connecticut, did what some people had in mind a long time ago, as he posted an online video showing shots being fired from his aircraft. He may be charged for violating FAA regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model aircraft. The real problem, however, is not just Haughwout’s invention. The problem is the hundreds or thousands of people deciding to make justice, as they see, with their bare hands.
Just like one famous South Park episode, where Cartman steal Randy’s drone – that ended having the whole city crawling with them – right now anyone can make one hit an airplane full of passengers, or do just like Austin did, or moreover, take revenge upon someone, anytime. Additionally, there is no way for the FAA to stop this. Perhaps only by blocking the drones’ frequencies, what would end up destroying all of them, just like in South Park. But then, where will be all the fun?