Airports test unmanned traffic control towers

Soon planes will be piloted by computers responding to orders coming from more computers. Better hope hackers don't find their way in... Hijacking will become so much easier in the coming years, as terrorists might not even have to be on board the planes they want to attack.

Airports are increasingly using unmanned air traffic control towers - relying on technology rather than humans to do a highly specialised job. A remote system has just been rolled out in Leesburg Executive Airport in Virginia. The remote system - designed by Swedish defence firm Saab - includes 14 high-definition cameras and sensors that can spot aeroplanes in all weathers. The planes are controlled by a person sitting 144km away.


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