The game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night was interrupted several times by the appearance of drones in the airspace of M&T Bank Stadium.
Officials were forced to evacuate the field twice, responding to regulations from the US Department of Homeland Security and Congress. According to government documents, these “unmanned aerial systems” are dangerous because they can carry out terrorist attacks.
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So when the drone appeared in the second quarter, official Adrian Hill called for an “administrative suspension.” On television, the cameras quickly spotted the flying object.
The players, who looked to the sky to see the drone, were quickly able to return to the field. Apart from the fact that in the fourth quarter, another referee’s interruption awaited them. At this point, it would be more than one flying device that was inside the stadium field.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would investigate the incident. Namely, flying a drone over a crowd of 30,000 or more people during a sporting event is a violation of the law.
Not the first
According to USA Today, a man was arrested in Ohio in October for flying a drone during a football game between Ohio State University and Maryland. The NFL wants the law changed to avoid further blackouts.
“Without a change in federal law, gatherings will remain at risk from malicious and unauthorized drone operations,” the Goodell Circuit explained in a press release. For more than a year, we’ve called for the passage of the bipartisan Protecting the Homeland from Unmanned Aircraft Threats Act, which would have allowed state and local law enforcement authorities to safely control the passage of drones like the two that interrupted the game in Baltimore. It’s time for Congress to act.”
Despite the distractions at home, the Ravens (8-3) defeated the Bengals (5-5) 34-20.