Sky Battles: Fighting Back Against Rogue Drones
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October 12, 2018 - by Emma Woollacott BBC News
Rogue drones have nearly caused air accidents, have been used as offensive weapons, to deliver drugs to prisoners, and to spy on people. So how can we fight back?
This summer a packed Airbus A321 came within 100ft (30m) of disaster after encountering a drone at 15,500ft.
And the number of near-misses of this sort has trebled over the last three years, with 92 incidents reported last year in the UK alone. Dozens were classified as involving a serious chance of a collision.
"We are seeing an increase in reported incidents," says a spokesman for the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
"A lot tend to be away from the airport, but some are very close, and we see them particularly around London."
Drones are also being used by so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq as offensive weapons. On one occasion, a small number of drones carrying hand grenades were able to take out an entire Russian weapons depot.
So what can be done to prevent drones from flying places they shouldn't?