Drone on the beach leads to assault of pilot

Photo by Lee/Flickr

A viral video is making the rounds that shows an angry woman assaulting a young man for flying his drone on a Connecticut beach. She pulls his hair, tears his shirt and calls him a pervert, while screaming “you shouldn’t be taking pictures of people on the beach.”

The woman calls the police but, ironically, she is the one who is arrested for beating on the drone pilot, who reportedly clears himself of wrongdoing thanks to the fact that he recorded the episode with his iPhone. You can watch the incident below, which allegedly took place in May.

I’m posting the clip not only as an example of a man/woman-vs.-technology conflict, but also because it raises the question of who should take the lead in resolving disputes over consumer drones.

The FAA has grabbed most of the headlines so far, in part due to a heavy-handed approach that has grounded drones in many situations. But as the beach incident suggests, local police will have a growing role as the devices become more popular, and will have to decide how to apply disturbing-the-peace laws to hobbyists — like my colleague Signe Brewer, who flew a drone around San Francisco.

The issue is likely to become still more complicated as state governments attempt to pass laws limiting the use of drones by law enforcement and private citizens.

Here’s the video via LiveLink as reported by Daily Dot:

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