Date
15 December 2017
The man allegedly flew a drone to take photos of the restricted area of the departure terminal and uploaded the photos to social media. Facebook / CNET
The man allegedly flew a drone to take photos of the restricted area of the departure terminal and uploaded the photos to social media. Facebook / CNET

Man held for flying drone in airport restricted area

A Hong Kong man has been arrested for flying a drone over a restricted area in Hong Kong airport, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. 

The 51-year-old man was held by the authorities on his return to Hong Kong from Tokyo on Monday.

He was accused of flying a drone to take photographs of the restricted area of the departure terminal on July 13 while waiting for his flight.

The suspect uploaded three photos to social media.

The Airport Authority called the police who tracked down the man via closed circuit television. The police learned of his flight details and arrested him as soon as he arrived in Hong Kong on Monday.

According to the Airport Authority by-laws, flying model planes or taking any action that is likely to cause a flight safety hazard is prohibited. Offenders face a maximum penalty of a HK$50,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment.

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