On Thursday July 13th at 1:30 p.m. he flew his drone inside the Hong Kong airport to take a selfie. He then shared the drone selfie photos of Facebook with a caption identifying where he was going, and sharing that his drone is named Dobby.
People who saw the online photos shared them with police. D’oh. He had already left the airport, but authorities were able to identify the man and his travel plans, so when his return flight arrived back at the airport on Tuesday the man was taken into custody.
Chapter 35 prohibits passengers from causing flight hazards by flying kites, balloons, and model airplanes within the airport’s restricted area. Offenders face a maximum penalty of six months’ imprisonment and a HKD50,000 fine.
As a general matter announcing you’ve broken the law on social media, and providing photographic evidence, is inadvisable. Returning to the scene of the crime afterward? Even less so.
(HT: Kalil D.)