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In January, an NYPD spokesman discussed the possibility of using drones in the city, saying “we’re always looking at technology”.  In that report, CBS points out how drones are commonly used “in war zones for surveillance and military strikes”.

Via the New York Post:

The pilot of a commercial jetliner spotted a drone aircraft hovering near his plane as he landed at JFK Airport yesterday, according to sources.

The Joint Terror Task Force is now probing the sighting of the mysterious flying object, the sources said.

The Alitalia pilot spotted the unmanned craft — described as “a black drone” — hovering just 200 feet from his jet about three miles east of the airport as he made his approach from Brooklyn.

“He was very clear as to what he saw,” a source said.

The pilot told investigators the object was flying at about 1,800 feet and looked like “a black drone about a meter square, with helicopter rotors on the corners.”

The FAA is now investigating the incident.