This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

An employee of a Federal intelligence agency got drunk at a party and crashed his friend’s DJI Phantom aerial drone on the White House grounds. The Chinese drone manufacturer says it’s updating the quad copter‘s software to keep it out of no-fly security zones in future. Maybe what the thing really needs is a breathalyzer interlock.


“The White House Drone Crash Ruined Everything for Washington’s Nerds,” Jen Kirby, New York Magazine

“Jon Stewart can’t stop laughing about the drone that crashed on the White House lawn,” Red Alert Politics


“Are drug-carrying drones the future of smuggling? Probably not, DEA says,” Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times

“FAA to Football Fans: Super Bowl Is a No-Drone Zone,” Edwin Rios, Mother Jones

“Rand Paul: I’d shoot a drone out of the sky,” Adam B. Lerner, Politico

“Here’s Some of the Dumb Stuff People Did With Drones Last Year, AJ Vicens, Mother Jones

“10 Craziest Drone Stories,” Steve Moramarco, Oddee

“No One Can Agree on What to Call Drones,” Dave Gilson, Mother Jones

“The case for not banning drone flights in the Washington area,” Matt McFarland, Washington Post

“The Drone Defender,”Andrew Zaleski, Politico

“Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones,” Kevin Poulsen, Wired


“Unexpected issues force drone maker DJI to roll back ‘White House’ update,” Dante D’Orazio, The Verge

“Prosecutors Won’t Charge Man Who Crashed Drone On White House Grounds,” Matt Cohen, DCist


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