Drones have revolutionized photography, aided conservation, transported organs for donations, and even assisted in search and rescue missions. But the remote-controlled flying machines aren’t always used for good. They’ve illegally delivered drugs to inmates, spooked an elderly Turkish farmer, and grounded flights at one of the world’s busiest airports.
So, Japan’s government is taking them seriously, making it illegal to drunkenly fly them earlier this week. Under new legislation passed Thursday, Japanese citizens caught taking drones bigger than 200 grams (7 ounces) for a boozy spin will face up to a year in prison and be fined up to 300,000 yen ($2,750).
In addition to drunk droning, the new laws will target people performing dangerous stunts, such as diving their drones towards crowds, threatening them with fines of up to 500,000 yen ($4,600).
“We believe operating drones after consuming alcohol is as serious as (drink) driving,” a