A University of Texas student thought it would be a good idea to fly an aerial drone over Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin during last Saturday’s football game.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that campus police detained an unidentified UT student responsible for flying the unauthorized drone over the stadium during last Saturday’s game. A university spokesperson told the newspaper that university police spotted the drone hovering above the stadium sometime during the game and followed it as it completed a sweep of the stadium and landed just outside the stadium somewhere along San Jacinto Boulevard near the student who was operating the flying drone. Police detained the unidentified student and questioned them about their actions. He has since been released but could face further charges depending on the outcome of a campus police investigation to see if he violated any laws or campus bylaws by flying the drone over the stadium without prior authorization.
Someone in the crowd spotted the drone flying over the stadium during the game, recorded the flight on their cell phone camera and gave the footage to the newspaper. Check out the student’s short but memorable flight over Texas Memorial Stadium below in the embedded video…
Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. We’re not sure exactly what the student was thinking other than the thought of capturing some breathtaking footage of a live football game from a crowded stadium with an unmanned drone. These are the kinds of things that happen when college students have more money than common sense.