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SEPTA uses drones to patrol tracks

In response to growing concerns about the safety of the U.S. rail system, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is using drones to protect its system against terrorist attacks.

SEPTA police chief Thomas Nestel implemented the drone program after reading an article from al Qaeda claiming that U.S. railroads are easy targets. The article also prompted the Transportation Security Administration to send out a warning to law enforcement agencies.

“Using the drone can cover a whole lot of area in a much faster span of time,” Nestel told ABC News. “This was bouncing around in my head for a little while and then when that … article came out, I pulled the trigger, I said, ‘Let’s do it.'”

SEPTA’s drone has a high-resolution camera to help officers detect intruders or anomalies more safely and efficiently than walking the tracks. Link to full story in ABC News.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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