I always wondered if we’re putting to much faith in modern technology, but this article trumps all. A New Jersey man wanted to hide his movements from his employer by using a GPS jammer, but he ended up interfering with operations at a busy airport instead. He was tracked down, fired, and faces a fine of almost $32,000.
OK, the guy was doing something wrong, but there are a few things bothering me.
- The range of these devices generally won’t exceed 10 meters. How on earth could this interfere with airport operations?
- How did authorities track down such a marginal (and probably fast moving) signal?
- If these devices are so dangerous, does that mean that terrorists can bring down planes in the future by buying a truck load of these things?
I’m puzzled. Something doesn’t make sense here. If it does, it might be wise not to put too much trust in these technologies.