Woman claims drone harassed her at Virginia Beach

This picture does not necessarily represent the sUAS used in this incident.


A sunbather on Virginia Beach claims she was sexually harassed by a drone, which she says was being used to spy on women.

In a post on Reddit describing the incident earlier this week, the woman wrote she was relaxing at the beach with her mother when she heard a whirring noise and noticed a remote-controlled aircraft nearby. She resumed napping.

The woman then noticed the drone was flying very close to female beach-goers and had a camera attached to it, according to her Reddit post. After the device hovered close to her and her mother, the woman said she located the men controlling it and approached them. She told them the device was “seriously creepy.” One responded, “It isn’t going to hurt you,” according to her Reddit post.

Full article here: Drone Harassment

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on May 18, 2014 at 1:46pm

It is public incidents like this one, real or otherwise, that get broadcast across the web that will give sUASs operators a bad name and be used to justify increased local government regulation.



Comment by Pedals2Paddles on May 18, 2014 at 1:49pm

Ugh.  Sounds like both the operator and the person complaining are idiots. The operator for hovering over people at a beach is an idiot.  And the person complaining...  "I felt violated"?  Really?  You felt violated by someone seeing you lying out in the open on a beach?  You can be annoyed at them using a multirotor in an unsafe manner. But to claim you feel "violated" or "sexually harassed" is absurd.  If you don't want to be seen by other people, a public beach is probably not the place for you.

Comment by Jim Turpin on May 18, 2014 at 2:29pm

This is why we can't have nice things.

Comment by Gary McCray on May 18, 2014 at 2:30pm

Hmm - Is creepy grounds for harassment? I guess Geeks everywhere just better stay indoors.

Comment by Nathaniel Caner on May 18, 2014 at 2:39pm


It's not the same thing laying on the beach in public and having people glance occasionally in your direction. If she were laying on the beach and some guy setup a blanket six feet from her and started staring at her, or worse yet pointed a camera at her and started recording, I bet she would have felt violated too. Rightfully so. Let's not minimize the bad behavior of these individuals essentially playing a game of digital voyeur. It's stupid pranks like this that will fuel the debate over "drones" and privacy issues.


Nathaniel ~KD2DEY

Comment by John Stevenson on May 18, 2014 at 2:40pm

I posted this over on the IRIS Owners Facebook page and got these responses (below). Sounds like this woman is just turning her imagination loose to concoct a fantasy or something.

That said, incidents involving irresponsible operation of drones, REAL, IMAGINARY, OR IMAGINED are gonna cause all of us problems with the powers that be before all this shakes out . . . I'm sorry to say.

  • Kevin Foster So, ummm, yeah. The Jezebel article mentions the name of the reddit account that this was originally posted from.
    Here are the titles from that users' three other posts:

    "I am a nymphomaniac female who is always turned on--AMA"

    "Back for more~Nymphomaniac female with more stories! AMA"

    "Hi BDP! I have a large boyfriend and I need help with sex!"

    So, yeah..... not the most reliable of sources.
  • Kevin Foster Oh, and the users' account name?

    I'm not gonna believe anything posted by that account. Ever.
  • Johnny Baer We certainly don't need HER help with our public relations. But everybody's got their little agenda.
    After I thought about it a while I began to wonder if the guy was REALLY flying as she described weight some of the women he flew right up behind (an
    d stayed there) didn't notice and sway the quad with a beach towel. This sounds more like a fantasy than a factual happening. I never dreamed anyone might make a quad the subject of a sex fantasy. Hmmm . . .

Comment by leonardthall on May 18, 2014 at 3:53pm

John, People are free to do what they want in private so long as it doesn't hurt anybody else........ I would suggest taking the props off.........

Comment by John Stevenson on May 18, 2014 at 3:54pm


Comment by Quadzimodo on May 18, 2014 at 7:30pm

I just couldn't help but add my $0.02 AUD to the thread.  Though I was forced to limit my response to just 10,000 characters.

Comment by Pedals2Paddles on May 18, 2014 at 8:10pm

Have you seen the rest of reddit content? She's posting pictures of her boobs and showing off her newly increased bra size. Among other non-sense.  I can't figure out why she is all mad about this when she seems to enjoy flaunting her body in front of the entire world.  Still doesn't excuse the foolish operation of a UAV though.


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