According to a statement by the Berlin Polizei, the man’s transmissions “over time seemed more and more professional,” which could have caused “dangerous flight maneuvers.” Luckily, they did not. In fact, the police say that the man’s interference caused no damage, though it must have surely caused plenty of frustrations. The statement doesn’t offer a possible motive behind the man’s illegal communications, nor details their exact nature.
The 32-year-old man was arrested and released, but the investigation is ongoing. Police confiscated as evidence the two radios, with charges pending at the end of it. The arrest was a joint effort by the Federal Police (flight service and technical reconnaissance) and the Federal Network Agency, as per the same statement.
Considering that no accident or incident resulted from this, we can laugh and wonder at this man’s strange way of making social-distancing a bit more fun. That said, other hobbies would have provided a comparable adrenaline kick, from off-roading to taking up biking. Heck, even sourdough baking can deliver the thrills if you don’t know what you’re doing, and it would have come at no expense in terms of taxpayers’ money and the police’s time.
"Hierbei soll der Mann Fluganweisungen gegeben haben, die im Laufe der Zeit immer professioneller wirkten..."— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) January 29, 2021
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