Drones, drones, drones. They’re everywhere and causing problems.
Four employees at a Beijing company were detained by police pending a criminal investigation on Monday after they flew an unmanned aircraft near the Chinese capital’s airport, forcing the diversion of two airplanes and causing multiple flight delays.
The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, were detained on suspicion of “endangering public security” after they were linked to the self-modified drone that cruised near Beijing International Airport and “seriously interrupted flight orders” on Sunday, local media reported on Tuesday.
Operators of unmanned aircraft must get permission for flight plans from aviation authorities. So this was a serious offense. Those who operate airborne unmanned video drones are banned from entering the 15-kilometre range of airports and from flying higher than 100 metres on flight courses.
Note in the original article, there is zero mention of UFOs at all. But… don’t let that stop you from manufacturing a different angle on the story. Open Minds UFO news page used the misleading headline “UFO causes flights to be diverted in Beijing“, noting it as a “UFO scare” that caused the disruption. Since the device looks to have been promptly identified, why the hype? Because that’s what gets clicks. I find that annoying and rather dishonest. The drone angle is disturbing enough. It’s not “UFO news” at all. It’s IFO news. I do dislike mystery mongering and click bait. Can you tell?