An ABC News reporter suggested on air that drones will become such a routine part of American life that they eventually will be used to find lost dogs and cats.
The comments were made by ABC’s John Muller, who was reporting last night on a possible drone sighting near JFK Airport in New York as commercial planes were taking off and landing.
“Now experts say drones will eventually become a day-to-day part of life used in weather and traffic reports. Even for finding lost dogs and cats,” Muller stated.
Muller reported the unknown flying object was sighted by an Alitalia pilot who was in his final approach into JFK when he said he saw something hovering about 200 feet away.
The New York Post quoted unnamed sources saying the “drone” was black and had helicopter rotors on its corners.
In an audio recording played on ABC, the Alitalia pilot says: “We saw a drone, a drone aircraft.”
The control tower is then heard warning other aircraft, telling one: “Delta 1368, use caution. There was a report of a drone aircraft on about a five-mile funnel 1,500 feet.”
The Joint Terror Task Force and Federal Aviation Administration are reportedly probing the alleged drone sighting.
FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said in a statement to CNN yesterday: “The FAA is investigating a report. … He saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right.”
CNN pointed out it is illegal to operate drones within three miles of an airport without first notifying air traffic controllers.
The news network added that “flying unmanned aerial vehicles is illegal for most business purposes; however, governments and public entities such as police departments can apply for permission to operate them.”
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott