Posted November 24, 2018 04:28:16 A drone operated by the US military over the New York City area on Saturday is apparently being used to take photographs of people, including those with facial tattoos, and to track the location of other drones in the area.
The drone was flying over Manhattan’s Times Square when it was photographed by a police helicopter.
It appears to be a Cessna 172.
The NYPD confirmed to Ars Technic that it was using the drone, which was operating at an altitude of about 50 feet.
The aircraft is equipped with a camera, and it was flying above the city on Saturday when it captured images of people in Times Square.
According to the New Yorkers Police Department, the drone was photographed using a camera attached to the back of the plane, and the aircraft’s pilot then used a microphone to relay the images to the NYPD.
According in a statement, the police department is investigating.
The Times Square incident is one of a number of drone incidents that have occurred in New York since the end of the summer, with some residents calling the incidents “unacceptable.”
Earlier this month, the city council voted to ban drone use by the police, citing safety concerns and concerns about surveillance of public places.
The mayor has since said he plans to reevaluate the use of drones in New New York.
“This is not the first time we have seen drones flying in New Yorkers airspace,” the mayor said at the time.
“But this is the first instance where the use has been approved by the city and the FAA.
I am asking the city to let the pilots and the people who fly drones do what they do best: protect the public and the citizens, while flying safely and safely over New Yorkers.”
Ars reached out to the FAA to ask about its policy on drones.
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
Ars Technics has contacted the NYPD and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for comment.