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Jamming GPS Signals Is Illegal, Dangerous, Cheap, and Easy

Jamming GPS Signals Is Illegal, Dangerous, Cheap, and Easy

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Illustrations for gizmodo

This top illustration was created for a story about how GPS jamming devices sold in the private market are easy to get and present a serious threat on the public. 

In June 2015, planes flying into Northeast Philadelphia Airport kept reporting that they were losing the GPS signal on the last mile of their approach. An agent from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which enforces prohibitions against jammers, came to investigate and discovered a truck in a nearby parking lot. The driver said that he was using a jammer to disable a tracking device in his vehicle, and that he hadn’t realized the jammer was illegal. According to a governmental aviation safety report, the agent “confiscated the jamming unit and destroyed it with a sledge hammer.”

 I carried this glitch motif through the layout of the article into the pull-quotes, which added a neat touch to the reading experience.

 
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