According to reports by The New York Times and the Associated Press, an unmanned aircraft was discovered on the grounds of the White House late Sunday night. The Secret Service is continuing to investigate the incident, but no details on the drone have been released. President Obama and his family were not in the White House last night; they are in India on a three-day visit.
Though there is no current indication that the drone was a threat, most of the area around the White House is a restricted zone for all types of flying objects. Recreational drones are banned from the area; even kite-flying is banned on the Mall and other areas near the White House and the US Capitol. The incident comes as the Secret Service is in the midst of a shake-up over lax presidential security.
While other incidents with remote-controlled aircraft have been pranks or political statements—such as the 2013 harassment of German chancellor Angela Merkel with a Parrot AR quadrocopter by a member of Germany’s Pirate Party—there have also been more serious threats. In 2010, the FBI foiled a plot to fly an explosives-packed radio-controlled jet-powered model aircraft into the Capitol building.
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