Drones flying over professional sporting events are becoming more prevalent and a top concern for security experts.
A recent drone flyover at a Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals game at M&T Bank Stadium, which forced a pause in the game, wasn't an isolated event.
According to CBS, which cited Maryland Stadium Authority security, during that game alone, officials intercepted five drones.
NFL and MLB both require play on the field to stop when an unauthorized drone flies over the seating bowl, and the stoppage during the Ravens' Thursday Night Football win over the Cincinnati Bengals lasted several minutes.
“It’s a growing problem,” Vernon Conaway, the stadium authority’s vice president for public safety and security, told The Baltimore Sun.
In the cases at M&T Bank Stadium, officials used technology to identify drone pilots and explain that they couldn’t fly their drones. The Federal Aviation Administration can then investigate the incident and levy operators with fines and suspended pilot certifications.