First registrations, now background checks may soon be the norm before you can purchase a drone.
Yes, in an effort to prevent near-collisions with planes because of irresponsible drone owners, sellers may soon require background checks as a prerequisite.
The point of a background check is simple enough; it goes through potential drone buyers to try to eliminate any malicious or reckless individuals. Flying a drone is one thing. Controlling it to navigate intentionally through dangerous areas is another. Even with restricted areas (such as airports) increasing their no-fly zones, drone incidents still increase at an alarming rate.
A Growing Menace
These drone incidents have shut down entire airports in the past. This drone fiasco can postpone flights, delay incoming ones, and even reroute arriving planes. It can cause a panic, chaos, and worries regarding safety. And this is all from simply sighting a drone in the vicinity.
The worst-case scenario is still a full contact drone collision. In this case, the drone slams into the exterior of a plane – or more specifically, the vulnerable engine turbines. A full contact at the right section of the plane can bring it down, along with everyone on board. Not to mention the damage it can cause upon crashing to the ground.
What Does the Future Hold
A background check prevents ‘risky’ individuals from purchasing a drone of certain sizes. Those who have a history of privacy concerns or vandalism for example may pose a risk to use their drones illegally. Prevention is still the best cure, and preventing these individuals from purchasing a drone would, in theory, decrease the likelihood of drone incidents in the future.
Of course, this is still a small percentage of the whole. Who knows if a background check will be enough to weed out potential mismanaging of drones? If not, what will the next ‘security check’ be for a simple drone purchase?