The popularity of drones is soaring as the idea of creating unique images and original content continues to attract photographers and videographers. But drones are also causing a lot of problems for users, sometimes landing them in prison. Here's what you need to know.
In December, 2018, hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled and London's Gatwick airport temporarily closed for 30 hours as a result of a drone flying in the vicinity. And just recently, two Australian travelers were jailed in Iran (where they still remain) for flying a drone just outside Tehran without a permit. What this indicates is that while drones might offer users the potential for mesmerizing views of a location unseen before, they can also put you into a whole world of trouble, especially with law enforcement agencies in different countries. So what should people know about drones and how are laws regarding drones implemented and enforced in different parts of the world?
In this comprehensive report in the Sydney Morning Herald, most of your questions about drones and the laws surrounding them are answered. It includes examples of drone laws in places such as Myanmar, Egypt, Cambodia, and Morocco, as well as Australia. Some of the laws in Australia (which are likely similar in the US or other countries) might surprise you somewhat. For me, the law that states "You must not fly your drone in populous areas such as beaches, parks, roads, footpaths, or festivals and other crowded events" is curious considering most of my favorite drone images are above surfers and beaches across Sydney and Australia. Does this mean that the drone users were flouting the law, or that the law is not enforced in some circumstances? Because dozens of my favorite surf photographers have aerial shots of well-known beach locations.
Give the article a read and let me know your thoughts. I've considered getting a drone recently but perhaps they're more trouble than they're worth? I look forward to your comments.
Images courtesy of Pixabay user Alexander Lesnitsky