A video has emerged online that purports to show an armed unmanned drone flying over Elgin, Illinois on May 12, prompting a Chicago CBS affiliate to pose the question: “Are surveillance drones flying over Chicago as part of the massive security operation for the NATO summit?”
The FAA has not authorized any unmanned drones to fly over Chicago for the NATO summit, said agency spokeswoman Laura J. Brown. A Department of Homeland Security official said the aircraft shown in the video is not one of theirs.
Chicago Police also don’t have any record of people calling in claiming to have seen unmanned surveillance aircraft. That stands in stark contrast to an incident in April, when Chicagoans flooded local media with alarmed phone calls as special operations forces in helicopters conducting a training mission over the city.
An Air Force official called the video an obvious hoax, explaining that no unmanned drones are cleared to fly over a U.S. city or population center. Furthermore, the aircraft in the video moves across the screen faster than a real Predator can fly.
The aircraft also appears to be carrying two Hellfire missiles, “And I can 100% assure you that there will NEVER be a time anywhere in the near future where anyone will be flying ARMED RPAs [drones]over our country, the official said.