A drone could be flying right outside your window, staring at you after you’ve come out of the shower, or watching you sleep. At least that’s what TODAY show correspondent Jeff Rosen’s latest piece on spying drones would have you believe.
In the heady days before the Federal Aviation Administration really got a handle on personal use drones, there was little regulation and not too many stories of bad actors causing trouble for the law abiding rest-of-us. And while there’s still a lot of people in the law-abiding category, it’s the few stories of people doing idiotic things with drones that make the news and make it harder for people to operate even the smallest of drones. Even something as small as a DJI Spark needs to be registered with the FAA. The registration requirement was reinstated in December 2017.
Now there’s probably more reason the public will look at drones with a suspicious eye. In the TODAY piece, Rosen takes a look at what a DJI Phantom can actually see from outside your window. He points out that with many windows, you won’t be able to even see the drone outside your window. Sometimes, you might not even be able to hear it (though that’s a little hard to believe, given how loud a phantom is). You can see that he’s not wrong. If you’re not a fan of blinds, this could be a real problem.
The sad part of all of this is that lawful, non-peeping-tom drone users will probably bear the brunt of suspicion from the public after watching this piece. There may even be a crazy person or two that shoots an unassuming drone out of the sky.
So here’s a public service announcement for anyone that’s thinking about using their drone to spy on their neighbors: Don’t. You’ll just make it worse for everyone else.