News-gathering or Nuis-ance?

Helicopter hovering
Helicopter over Culver City

When is news gathering with helicopters a nuisance to the community? All day today starting in the morning helicopters have been hovering over the scene at Overland Avenue and Washington Boulevard where police discovered some “bomb material” after a traffic stop last night.

The question I would like to pose is “How much having the helicopters hovering over the scene really adds to the coverage”?  I would think that the news crews on the ground have a better chance of finding out what is going on. I suppose they might just be waiting for “things to blow up”.

– Well I hope they have to wait infinitely for that, but I also want them gone – it’s at this point a real nuisance. What are the FAA rules on this? Maybe they need updating? We all want to find out what’s going on in our neighborhood, but how much are we willing to “pay” for this likely not very valuable or informative “knowledge” in noise pollution?

 

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