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Drones are the new threat to airline safety

Drones are the new threat to airline safety

You're landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport on the "expressway" approach - so called because you come in low enough to buzz the Grand Central Parkway and Mets' Citi Field before quickly dropping down on a runway perched over a bay. It's already one of the nation's more jarring landings.

What, then, would happen if a drone suddenly appeared in the flight path?

The threat in recent years of pilots blinded by high-powered lasers may soon be superseded by this potentially more fearsome prospect: drones finding their way into restricted airspace around airports. Each month, pilots and air traffic controllers report more than 100 drone "sightings" to the...