NFL voices drone fears as counter-UAV legislation nears expiration
Ahead of Thursday night’s kickoff of the National Football League’s (NFL) 2022 season, officials stepped up to reiterate concerns about the looming expiration of legislation that allows a limited number of federal agencies to take out drones invading airspaces or otherwise posing threats during large events.
The alarm was sounded by NFL chief security officer Cathy Lanier just hours before the Bills beat the Rams 31-10 in the league opener. Speaking to Bloomberg Law, Lanier said the combination of current anti-UAV legislation set to expire October 5, and the rising number of drones in the skies, increases the potential risks to spectators, athletes, and anyone else attending NFL games or other large events.
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