Legal Block to Countering Terrorist Drones

The greatest challenge to managing the proliferation of drones in the skies is how to detect and prevent drones that may be utilized by terrorists from creating havoc and inflicting harm on the general public.

Currently, systems are being developed for this purpose – but there are still legal restrictions, according to this report by Wired:

Like almost every drone-interdiction technology in development, frequency jammers run afoul of several US laws, most of which were passed when people hadn’t dreamed of owning their own unmanned aircraft. Romero and Lamm’s solution to the mock terror in the stadium—a solution that they have shown can reliably counter the threats drones pose to targets as varied as prisons, airports, and arenas—is illegal here, which leaves the future of Black Sage’s technology, like the future of drones themselves, very much up in the air.

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The U.S. Congress is interested in the area and has directed the FAA in Section 2206 of the FESSA of 2016 to “establish a pilot program for airspace hazard mitigation at airports and other critical infrastructure using unmanned aircraft detection systems.” The FAA has since started doing a pathfinder program with some companies to use the technology at airports. - Read more at:

Some people just simply cannot warm up to the idea of having any kind of drones flying over; hence the growing anti-drone industry. Yet, hobby or commercial drones, such as those used for aerial photo services, cannot be put down at anyone’s whims.

On U.S. soil, anti-drone technology can only be used by federal law enforcement and agencies, according to anti-drone technology companies and industry experts like Tom McMahon, vice president of advocacy and public affairs for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). “The FAA does not like anyone taking aircraft out of the sky, manned or unmanned,” McMahon said. - Read more at:

Meanwhile, see this for some of the current anti-drone technology, mostly used by the military in the US and overseas.

Still, despite the potential for consumer drones being used for malicious intent such as illegal spying or terrorism, the drone industry should be encouraged to grow, as drone use drives economic growth and has tremendous benefits for the human society.

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