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More people using drones to spy on cheating lovers

Technically Incorrect: A family lawyer says that the suspicious and hurt are turning to the latest technology to catch their lovers red-handed.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


What's your lover doing in that penthouse suite?

What's your lover doing in that penthouse suite?

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Love engenders suspicion.

The human condition is such that we can dream of a perfect life, but we know it's not likely to last long.

When love begins to pale, then, lovers begin to stray.

Which leads to fights, tears and divorce.

How, though, do you discover if your suspicions of your lover's infidelity are well founded?

You can go through their phone and emails. You can follow them.

How much more convenient, though, when you can get someone else to do the following for you. Or something else.

More people are now using drones for the purpose, reports Bravo TV, which spoke with family-law specialist Peter Walzer of the law firm Walzer Melcher.

It seems some people believe sending a buzzing object into the sky, camera attached, is the perfectly modern way to examine whether your dear heart is betraying you.

There are a couple of kinks, however.

New FAA drone regulations (PDF) came into effect on Tuesday. These insist, for example, that the operator must be able to see the drone at all times.

Then there's this: "Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly participating in the operation, not under a covered structure and not inside a covered stationary vehicle."

Moreover, you can fly drones only during the day, defined as 30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset.

I fancy that if your lover is being unfaithful, quite a lot of the faithlessness is occurring during hours of darkness.

It's not as if you need the new FAA regulations to tell you that following your lover with a drone will be officially frowned on.

There's your conscience, after all. And then there's existing law.

"The legal definition of stalking is probably sufficient to cover drones," Walzer told Bravo.

I have some other qualms.

If you were being stalked by a drone, wouldn't you perhaps hear it? Especially if it were stalking you for some minutes or even hours?

Of course, in some states people are taking draconian measures to ensure drones don't intrude on their private ways.

Just this week, a 65-year-old Virginia woman said she'd blasted one out of the sky with a single shot after it had allegedly strayed over her property -- and actor Robert Duvall's.

In Kentucky too, a man successfully shot a drone out of the sky and his actions were supported by a local judge. (Though he now faces a federal complaint.)

Ultimately, if your lover is cheating on you, why spend money on a drone to catch them out?

Spending money on a lawyer is surely more cost effective.