Drones

Drones present a security threat, as evidenced by the arrest of a man who landed a drone on the White House lawn. They pose dangers to pilots in the sky. The attachment of cameras presents privacy issues. If a drone suddenly fails and falls out of the sky, it presents a serious personal injury risk.

While the F.A.A is ramping up regulations around drones, it will still be difficult to determine where they can fly and for what purposes. The legalization of weaponized drones presents additional safety hazards and will create more regulatory challenges as the unmanned aircraft industry rapidly expands. Questions about whether liability falls with the owner or manufacturer will ultimately be answered in courtrooms.

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