USA Are civilian drones safe? New York police report a close encounter. (+video)

A police helicopter's midnight encounter with a toy aircraft above New York's George Washington Bridge highlights the growing threat civilian drones can pose to air traffic.

By , Staff writer

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The arrest early Tuesday of two men who allegedly flew remotely controlled toy aircraft into the path of a New York Police helicopter is highlighting both the growing threat that civilian drones pose to traditional aircraft as well as the complicated and fast-changing laws surrounding their use.