LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Surveillance aircraft used by the U.S. military overseas could soon be coming to the skies above Los Angeles County.
The FAA has streamlined the process that would allow agencies to fly
smaller, unarmed versions of the drones that hunt down terrorists in
places such as Pakistan and Afghanistan.
While the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has not yet applied
for an application to fly drones over our skies, its Homeland Security
chief Bob Osborne said drones could be in the department’s future — with
“We have so much congestion in the skies that I would anticipate that
there would be some pretty rigid safety standards,” said Osborne.
Drones are typically used over locations where helicopters and fixed
wing aircraft are unable to fly, which Osborne said cou
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