Permanent Surveillance Blimps to be Stationed Over Baltimore

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Image via Washington Post
Image via Washington Post

The powers that be must’ve liked what they saw when that Navy blimp hovered over Baltimore for a few days late last year. The Army has just announced plans to install two permanent, unmanned surveillance blimps in suburban Baltimore. They’ll float at an altitude of about 10,000 feet, tracking threats from North Carolina to Boston.

According to the Washington Post, a similar aerostat system tested in Utah last year included a high-powered video and infrared sensor that allowed it to closely track the movements of individual vehicles and people on the ground. Perhaps because that’s totally creepy and invasive, the Army says there are “no current plans” to install that particular sensor in Baltimore’s blimps.

What do you say, Baltimore? Does this make you feel safer, or just more spied on?



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