Superbowl security concerns

Posted at 8:41 AM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 10:41:57-05

ATLANTA – Sunday, February 3rd is the day thousands of fans will flock to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for Superbowl 53.

But there are some security concerns that are frustrating for the FBI.

The problem is unauthorized drones flying around the stadium. Six drones were confiscated already, although none were threatening.

An FBI agent said the drone problem is taking up a lot of time for agents and law enforcement officers having to target and track down the drones when they could be working on other safety measures.

With 70,000 people expected to pack the stadium Sunday, the concern is that a drone could crash, injuring fans or players on the ground.

Or a terrorist could use a drone as a weapon.

On game day, the Federal Aviation Administration declared a ‘no drone zone’ within a 30-mile radius of the stadium. Until then, drones have to stay one mile away and up to 1,000 feet above the area.

Anyone who violates the ‘no drone zone’ faces a fine of $20,000.