Drone Pilots: Using a Drone Not Like Playing a Video Game

There's a common and widespread misconception among the general population that flying a drone for the United States government or military is like playing a video game, but an in-depth article on the subject from Business Insider reveals that this is simply a falsehood. In fact, if you ask actual drone pilots they will tell you that their work is nothing like a video game…

United States pilots that are using drones for surveillance in Afghanistan say that the only similarity is that they use a joystick-like device. Author Rob Blackhurst says that most drone pilots are "softly spoken and sober about the life-and-death decisions with which they were charged," as opposed to the image perpetrated by the media that drone pilots are kill happy video game players eating Cheetos and drinking Mountain Dew while they strike a village or kill a remote target.

"It's anything but," an RAF Reaper pilot called Oz told BI. "If we act like it's Star Wars, there are people in the command centre watching us and listening to what we do. The taking of human life is not something to be considered lightly. OK, they are bad guys we are killing, but they are still human beings."

Blackhurst goes on to note the high level of disdain drone pilots have to being portrayed in that light.

You can check out the entire article here.

Source: Polygon

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