Texas Man Charged for Flying Drone Near Rangers Playoff Game

Complaint Alleges Illegal Drone Flight During ALCS Game 4

A man, Jason Carvell Banner, has been charged for flying an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in restricted airspace surrounding Globe Life Field in Arlington on October 19, 2023. The incident occurred during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Rangers Lost Game 4 but Won the Series and World Series

Despite losing Game 4 with a score of 10-3, the Rangers went on to win the ALCS in seven games. They subsequently defeated the Diamondbacks to claim the World Series title.

Charges and Potential Penalties for Violating National Defense Airspace

Banner is charged with violating national defense airspace, an offense that carries potential fines and up to one year of imprisonment. The 's Office of Inspector General, along with the FBI and assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration, is investigating the case.

Similar Incident at NFL AFC Championship Game

In a similar incident, man Matthew Herbert was charged in February for flying a drone over M&T Bank Stadium during the NFL's AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and the City Chiefs on January 28. The game was briefly delayed due to the drone's activities. Herbert pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 12 months probation, a $500 fine, and a $25 assessment.

DroneXL's Take

The unauthorized use of drones in restricted airspace, particularly during high-profile sporting events, raises significant concerns about safety and security. While drones offer immense potential for capturing unique perspectives and enhancing the fan experience, it is crucial that operators adhere to regulations and prioritize public safety.

As the popularity of drones continues to grow, it is essential for the to work closely with law enforcement agencies and event organizers to develop clear guidelines and protocols for responsible drone use. By striking a balance between innovation and regulation, we can harness the power of while ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all spectators and participants at sporting events.


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Haye Kesteloo
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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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