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Police spread awareness about ban on drones to tourists at Haneda Airport

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In preparation for the Rugby World Cup that starts Friday and runs for six weeks, police officers visited Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Thursday to spread awareness among foreign tourists about the prohibition on flying drones in Tokyo. 

The flying of drones without permits in certain areas is banned under the aviation law. Off limits are airports, the Imperial Palace, the Diet, the prime minister’s residence and Self-Defense Force Facilities. Drones will also be banned near Rugby World Cup match venues and Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues.

However, this tear, there have been numerous cases where foreigners have been seen flying drones in areas such as Shibuya’s famous scramble crossing. When questioned by police, most said they had no idea about regulations banning the drones.

On Thursday, about 20 airport police officers stood in the arrival lobby of the international terminal at Haneda, handing out flyers that said “NO Drones!” in English to foreign visitors.

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foreigners have been seen flying drones in areas such as Shibuya’s famous scramble crossing.

Well yeah. Given all the death, destruction and mayhem drones have caused across globe at road crossings, I can see why the government wasted no time clamping down on that particular freedom. (Did they really?)

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Drones (unmanned aircraft) when operated at/near an airport they can cause a major safety hazard as they they can impede aircraft on final approach or take-off. Collisions with aircraft are known to be more damaging than bird strikes.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/unauthorised-drones-at-changi-why-they-pose-risks-to-planes

https://www.faa.gov/uas/resources/public_records/uas_sightings_report/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatwick_Airport_drone_incident

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Well yeah. Given all the death, destruction and mayhem drones have caused across globe at road crossings, I can see why the government wasted no time clamping down on that particular freedom. (Did they really?)

Do I really have to explain how a drone, that has a malfunction and falls into one of the busiest road crossings in the world, is inevitably going to injure someone? Common sense... Seems the majority of people continue to lack that..

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During the cherry blossom viewing earlier in the year, down by Mt. Fuji, a couple of 'foreigners' were flying their drones between the trees, at a height of between 10 and 20 feet. Besides the risk of them crashing in to a tree and falling down on the people below, they were a noisy nuisance. Can do without them.

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Common sense... Seems the majority of people continue to lack that..

Since the majority of drone users wouldn't ever consider flying their drone over a busy crossing or airport I'd say common sense is generally in pretty good shape.

You are more likely to meet your fate whilst zombieing down the street glued to your phone.

@wanderlust, yeah I saw a few do that too. And you are right, it's dangerous and illegal. In many other countries the pilot would have the controller ripped from his hands and stomped on by someone. Ruining It For Everyone they are.

Keraunothnetophobia is a fear of falling man-made satellites. I wonder if quadcopters are included in this?

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Do I really have to explain how a drone

Yes please. A car would just smash a drone that landed on the road. And if it hit a car it would just bounce off. If the drone hit a person there is a risk of injury to the eye. It would not be quite one in a million but close. Thing is I have not heard of any serious drone incidents there or anywhere really, caused by drones. I have heard of FEAR of drones shutting down airports. I will tell you what I have heard of.....kids killed by cars while standing on the sidewalks....as in literally dead...permanently. But there is no talk of ban cars despite a long long list of very real incidents. So yes, please explain the doom that awaits for drones over Shibuya crossing.

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There are reasons why flying drones over an airport is prohibited. With the high number of human lives at risk on a passenger plane, "fear" alone is sufficient.

"Aero Kinetics, an aerospace and defense firm, say that people don’t understand how dangerous the toy drones can be. A study it conducted examined what would happen when a collision occurs between a drone and a manned aircraft.

The results of the study showed that: “A drone strike to the windshield and engine ingestion of a commercial airliner would cause damage and economic losses, while a head-on rotorcraft drone strike would cause significant damage and be non-survivable". It concluded: "Toy drones pose a catastrophic threat to manned rotorcraft, posing a risk to the pilots, passengers and bystanders on the ground if the aircraft were to crash."

https://www.digitalrev.com/article/toy-drones-could-take-down-passenger-planes

"As seen through the computer simulation, extensive damage is done to the engine within seconds of a drone entering the engine. These incidents aren’t only at risk of happening near airports, but at higher altitudes as well when the manned aircraft is moving at high speeds. This comes from drone pilots not having a clear visual on their drone when flying above 400 feet.

Although simulations using chickens shows how birds can damage engines, it turns out drones are a bigger threat because of their weight."

https://dronedj.com/2018/08/26/drone-sucked-into-a-jet-engine/

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There are many more dangerous objects than drones moving around Japan.

The worst are the bicycles ridden at high speed on the narrow pieces of concrete that pass for pedestrian thoroughfares here.

How about the face to screen glued zombies walking around every major town here?

Maybe it could be the minority of drivers that double the speed limit and zig zag in and out of the traffic on the crowded highways here in Japan?

Never mind, as long as the J cops ban drones and check the passports of all those tourists and detain those without, then I’ll be safely sleeping In my futon...

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Just because some things are more dangerous than drones isn't an argument for allowing drones, it's an argument for banning those other things too. Yes, cars are more dangerous than drones at Shibuya, so the solution isn't to allow drones, the solution is to ban both dangerous machines - cars and drones.

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No, of course not.

But why target visitors to Japan about the dangers of flying drones?

I have yet to hear of a drone killing anyone in Japan but there have been ‘numerous’ cases of senior drivers mistaking brake and accelerator in Japan.

Where are the warnings for that?

Having 20 cops line up at the airports seems to be a waste of manpower.

There are many more pressing dangers to be made aware of in my opinion.

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