College football season is headed into full throttle. At the opening game for the University of Texas, the Longhorns had an unexpected visitor.
A drone was spotted flying over the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium during the second half of the University of Texas vs. North Texas opening football game Saturday. The UT Police Department has detained the student whose name has not been released.
The student was operating the drone from outside the stadium. The student was taken into custody and questioned before being released, and police have confiscated the drone.
According to Texas law, drone pilots must have permission to shoot these images from the aircrafts and the student did not have consent to do so. UT Police said the student could be looking at fines up to $1,000 per image he took with the drone, according to Forbes.
Experienced drone operators realize that flying the drone over the stadium could have been problematic for the fans, putting them or the players in harms way or disrupting the game. The investigation is still underway.