When flying a drone, you must know what your limitations are. When traveling with it, this knowledge expands to the drone laws of the country you’re visiting. If you choose to stay ignorant, you may end up in jail, and this is exactly what happened to a French tourist in Myanmar. Thanks to his ignorance of the country’s drone law, he was arrested and sentenced to a whole month in jail just because he was taking some aerial shots with a drone.
Award-winning Chinese photographer Lu Guang went missing in early November. His wife Xu Xiaoli claimed that he was taken away by national security officers, and now this information has been confirmed. The photographer was arrested while visiting Xinjiang province in China, and Chinese police have confirmed it to Mr. Lu’s family.
A British student was recently arrested for spying in Egypt after taking photos from an airplane. Reportedly, the 19-year-old Muhammed Fathi Abulkasem was accused of taking a photo of a military helicopter, and he was detained on arrival at Alexandria airport.
While artists use drones to capture epic photos and videos, there are people who, sadly, misuse these gadgets for criminal actions. But it was drone footage that recently put two drug dealers behind the bars. They accidentally filmed themselves while packing drugs. When they tried to smuggle them over the prison wall, the drone crashed and the footage of the dealers ended up in the police’s hands.
Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was sentenced this Friday to six years in a Cambodian prison. The 69-year-old filmmaker was arrested in June 2017 after he flew a drone at an opposition party rally. Recently, a Cambodian court charged him for espionage and sentenced him to jail.
People will do lots of crazy, dangerous and senseless stuff only to become Instagram famous. The chase for such fame sent 24-year-old Canadian to jail. Melina Roberge pleaded guilty for smuggling 209 pounds (95 kilos) of cocaine into the Sydney Harbour in 2016. And reportedly, she did it just so she can climb the Instagram ladder and get the followers envy her on the glamorous lifestyle.
Police in Wales recently arrested a drug dealer thanks to fingerprints taken from a WhatsApp photo. The snapshot shows only a part of the man’s palm, but it was apparently enough to lead to the suspect and secure 11 convictions. According to the reports, this is the first time that Welsh police made convictions based on the fingerprints taken from a photo.
The mass shooting at a Florida high school last week shook up the USA as well as the rest of the world. A man from Texarkana, Texas apparently tried making a cruel joke out of it, and it sent him straight to jail. 24 years old Ricky Rankin posted a photo of an AR-15 assault rifle to his Instagram page, the same type of rifle used in the Florida high school shooting. The caption “I’m thinking about finally going back to school” had the community concerned, so they notified the police, which took him into custody.
On Thursday afternoon, a TV crew was arrested at Newark Liberty International Airport for trying to sneak a fake bomb in their carry-on luggage. They are reportedly working for CNBC and they wanted to pull a prank to film it for a show. However, they were quickly busted and they are now facing charges and up to $13,000 in fines.
From time to time, photography could get you in trouble. For Photographer Jesse Walker and model Marisa Papen, the trouble came while they were shooting nudes in an ancient temple in Luxor, Egypt. They tried hiding from the guards to take the shots, but they got busted. As a result, they faced extremely unpleasant situations and spent a night in a jail cell.