What would you do?
A fisherman at Pacific Beach in San Diego appeared to take issue with a drone filming him and others casting their lines off a pier last week.
So he let his line fly upward toward the drone owned the YouTube user Tice Ledbetter. The fisherman’s hook snagged the drone, but he didn’t pull it down.
When Ledbetter recovered the vehicle, he had to untangle some of the fishing line wound around one of the rotors.
“What a jerk,” Ledbetter wrote.
Others in the comments though countered that they felt he, as the drone operator, was the one in the wrong here.
It is at least a misdemeanor to fly a glider over public property in San Diego, but this ordinance does not mention drones. From a statewide standpoint, however, it is illegal and a punishable offense to take drone footage of someone in an situation where they would have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Those on the public pier could not have this expectation though.
San Diego specifically has a vested interest in local and federal rules for unmanned aerial vehicles as some of the top UAV manufacturers are located in the city.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s rules specify that drones may not “fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight,” and the drone in this video does appear to stay off to the sides of the pier, not flying above people.
Gizmodo pointed out that a city code makes it illegal to “cast any fishing line or pole overhead or allow any lure or hook to pass inboard of the pier railing while casting.”