A Southern California man’s relaxing day at the beach came to an unpleasant conclusion this week. After taking down a drone that was hovering over his group of friends by throwing his T-shirt at it, Augustine Lehecka found himself behind bars at the Vista County jail, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
If some asshole’s drone were hovering over me or outside my window, I’d want to knock it down, too.
On the other hand, laser pointers are being used to distract airplane pilots. You can report incidents to the FAA, but they haven’t been able to do shit about it so far. Maybe the drone operators could put their toys to some socially-useful purpose and track down the laser-pointer guys?
Source: Man On Beach Takes Down Drone By Throwing T-Shirt At It, Ends Up In Jail
Good news! In the four years since I posted this, things have changed considerably. There are now laws and regulations that clarify who can operate a drone and what they’re allowed to do with it. As for enforcing those laws and regulations, I’m not so sure. See https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/comments/czkvc0/ca_i_smashed_a_drone_in_my_yard_this_morning_what/