Jammers, net-guns, and a freaking eagle

By Andrew J . Hawkins

The US Senate passed a bill Tuesday to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, including a provision to create a pilot program to test new technologies to intercept or shut down drones that get too close to airports. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) said the program was in response to rising concerns about drone safety and airplanes after a drone struck a British Airways plane near London’s Heathrow Airport.

“Remember what happened when two seagulls were sucked into the engines of a flight called the Hudson River miracle,” Nelson told The Hill. “That’s feathers and webbed feet and a beak. Can you imagine the metal and plastic of a drone being sucked into a jet engine?”

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