How Drones Are a Big Problem for the US

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How Drones Are a Big Problem for the US

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Dominic Fightmaster, Current Events Writer

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Drones are a new necessary product for any photo that could not be reached previously. They allow us to see things from a new angle; allowing videography to reach new heights. The machine poses great abilities that people utilize for many activities like photography, exploration, racing, and so on, but some may not be used for such amazing reasons.

A terrible problem has arisen wherein drones are flying over the border and are illegally filming whatever they please. Currently no law enforcement agencies or organizations can do anything to stop these drones that may pose a threat. The Department of Homeland Security is actively trying to gain the power to control them. The concern is that the drones can be piloted by cartels or terrorists; dropping narcotics for people waiting on the other side or to drop a bomb. Additionally, there is a growing concern that these machines can be weaponized.  For example, a drone could drop a bomb on an area with a large population or a place of high political significance.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is attempting to get Congress to give the power to disable control of a harmful drone. They then can confiscate it without the permission of the owner. This proves to be controversial because the owner cannot protect themselves.

In the US, drones can fly up to 400 feet above the ground for recreational use. The DJI Mavic Pro (a type of drone) can go up to 4.3 miles high, which is approximately 7,000 meters. For deliveries, they can carry up to 300 pounds to the door of the destination.

Drones are a prevalent part of the world now, problems and all. We utilize them for many tasks, such as videography, photography, deliveries, races, etc.