Drones flying around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium increase the frustration it’s having on Super Bowl Security.
Fox 24’s Tom Costello explained how the FBI is handling the issue.
FBI agents at the Super Bowl said they are growing increasingly frustrated with the problem of unauthorized drones flying around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Six were confiscated February, 2, alone, though none were threatening.
“It’s taken up a lot of time for our agents and for law enforcement officers to be targeting these drones when they could be working on other security measures,” FBI Kevin Rowson said.
With 70,000 people expected for the game, the concern is that a drone could crash, injuring fans or players on the ground — or that a terrorist could use a drone as a weapon.
Sunday, February 3, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared a ‘no drone zone’ within a 30-mile radius of the stadium.
Until after the game, the drones must stay away and up to 1,000 feet.
The ban comes after drones shut down air traffic at London’s Gatwick Airport in December, and at Newark Airport last month.
“Drones are a concern,” Customs and Border Protection’s David Grantham said. “Something that has come up on our radar the last couple of years with the popularity of them and cheap cost of operating.”
Anyone violating the ‘no drone zone’ will have a fine of $20,000 or more.