They are actually a huge security risk and screw with air traffic
As if air travel weren’t stressful enough, in the last few years, rogue drones have been caught flying dangerously close to thousands of planes, sometimes at heights higher than 10,000ft, which is absolutely terrifying. Let's be clear, you guys: it's illegal to fly your drones around an airport. Then you have geniuses flying their drones into wildfires, interfering with firefighters' efforts, or crashing them into buildings, or landing them on the White House lawn.
For their part, the FAA has at least begun mandating drone registration, putting guidelines in place to help prevent these jackasses from flying near sensitive sites (sports stadiums, high-security events, etc.) but we're talking about amateur hobbyists here. They're amateurs; what do you expect?
And they're a huge potential threat to our privacy
Drones have long been conducting all manner of military reconnaissance abroad, but it's becoming more and more apparent that they pose a serious threat to our domestic privacy. Last year, a dude in Kentucky shot a drone out of the sky in his backyard after suspecting it was creepily filming his daughter, who was sunbathing at the time. A mother in California freaked out over a similar encounter at a public beach. The FBI has even admitted to using drones to spy on US citizens.
It’s becoming such an issue, both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU have dedicated a good deal of resources to raise awareness and explore ways to prevent a potential dystopian surveillance state. "I'm sorry, what was that?" POTENTIAL DYSTOPIAN SURVEILLANCE STATE.
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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist and will admit not ALL drones are bad.