Camera drones outfitted with loudspeaker systems are now being widely utilized during the Covid-19 crisis to monitor communities for compliance with public safety orders. However, some readers complain that being viewed by authorities from the sky is just plain “creepy.”
The FAA states it is examining a “Volunteer Drone Task Force” cruising over Manhattan parks to warn individuals of social distancing. Though that drone is not run by public safety executives, the idea has been adopted in other US cities and around the world. Authorities in Daytona Beach, Florida, were the first in the US to use drones to disperse crowds: the procedure enables police to keep a safe space and protect themselves from disease while providing a gentle reminder to maintain an appropriate distance.