Intrusive drones defy airspace bans at NFL, NCAA football games
Drones flying over Lumen Field in Seattle prompted delays of two different football games this weekend, just days after sports officials urged Congress to pass robust laws to deal with intrusive UAVs to replace standing legislation set to expire October 5.
On-field officials in Seattle temporarily halted the games in accordance with National Football League (NFL) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules requiring play to be stopped when intrusive drones are identified over stadiums. UAVs were spotted in the fourth quarters of Saturday’s University of Washington-Stanford contest, and Sunday’s Seahawks-Atlanta Falcons matchup.
Both resumed several minutes later after craft violating the banned airspace around Lumen Field departed.
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