Secret Service plans to fly drones over Washington

droneThe U.S. Secret Service says it will fly drones over the Washington area in the near future, just weeks after a White House drone incident highlighted the security risks posed by the technology.

The agency isn’t disclosing exactly where the exercises will take place other than that they’ll involve areas where flights are typically restricted. Airspace above the White House, the U.S. Capitol and other sensitive sites in Washington is heavily restricted.

The Secret Service says the exercises have been carefully planned and coordinated with other government agencies, and will be “tightly controlled.”

The reason for the exercises isn’t clear. But they come amid heightened concern about drones. Last month, a government employee who was flying a quadcopter drone recreationally crashed it into the White House grounds accidentally.  More