US authorities are now allowed to shoot down personal drones if they deem them to be a threat, thanks to a new bill which has been signed by President Donald Trump. But critics say the law could be easily abused.
The FAA Reauthorization Act, signed by Trump on Friday, includes several points which are aimed at bringing US aviation rules up to speed with modern times – including new provisions to act against privately-owned drones.
In particular, section 1602 of the act outlines the “protection of certain facilities and assets from unmanned aircraft” and authorizes the detection, monitoring, and interception of drones “without prior consent” of the owner. Authorities have also been allowed to neutralize a potential threat using “reasonable force, if necessary, to disable, damage, or destroy” the UAV.