No one who flies as a passenger on commercial airlines feels good about the plane encountering turbulence and shaking violently, and no one would enjoy a multiton jet with more than 100 souls aboard having to veer radically to avoid hitting a drone, the new pests in the skies.
Yet, the Federal Aviation Administration reports that more pilots are reporting more drones in the air that are flying too close for comfort. The FAA said that 650 pilots reported drone sightings so far in 2015 — more than twice last year’s 238 sightings, The Associated Press reports.
There were 52 drone sightings reported in June and July 2014 and 275 during those months in 2015.
A small drone could be an unfriendly thunk in the side of a commercial jet. The danger is if one were to get sucked into a plane’s engine.
Bigger drones pose bigger safety problems for airliners and everyone on board. Air traffic control regulations need to be established and quickly as the number of drones continues to increase in the hands of companies for business purposes and private individuals for recreational or other use.