Drones and Schools: The Debate on Airspace and Privacy
New Drone Legislation Sparks Debate
The majestic sight of drones, equipped with state-of-the-art cameras, flying at varying altitudes has become increasingly common. Yet, the recent event in Albany County, NY, has triggered a debate on the potential privacy implications. A newly proposed state bill seeks to prohibit drones from flying above schools to safeguard the privacy of students and staff.
Senator Neil Breslin sponsors the bill, with support anticipated from Assemblywoman Pat Fahy. The impetus behind this legislative move was a drone incident on October 12. A drone, linked to a local real estate firm, soared over several schools in the Bethlehem district, which includes a high school and two elementary schools.
“At the same time, we are responsible for protecting student privacy. The use of drones and aerial photography without authorization is an invasion of that privacy,” said Bethlehem Superintendent Jody Monroe. “Keep in mind that this incident took…