This Small Drone Infiltrated A US Open Match

Published On 09/04/2015 Published On 09/04/2015
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Drones, once envisioned as the autonomous aircrafts of the future, have now taken up the role of annoying, and dangerous interruptions to daily life. Want proof? On Thursday night, a small black drone crashed into the stands of a US Open tennis match in Flushing, New York, forcing play to be interrupted.

The device was purportedly operated by New York teacher, Daniel Verley, 26, who has since been charged with reckless endangerment. 

"With everything going on in the world... I thought, 'OK, it's over.' That's how things happen," said 26th-ranked player Flavia Pennetta, who had been going head-to-head against Monica Niculescu when the drone swooped in.

Though no one was injured, it's scary to imagine what someone with worse intentions would have attempted to recklessly transport into the public space.

First, the White House. Then, our skies. Now, our courts. What's next?!
Michelle No is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and please don't call her Shirley. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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