[Video here.] The Florida mailman who achieved infamy on Wednesday by flying a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the Capitol was charged with two federal crimes on Thursday: violating restricted airspace and operating an unregistered aircraft. 61-year-old Doug Hughes “literally flew under the radar,” as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson put it, drawing alarm about security risks.
“I think that there’s absolutely a gap, and it’s a very dangerous gap, with regard to our airpsace,” Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said. “I don’t want people to get a message that they can just land anywhere. Suppose there was a bomb or an explosive device on that air vehicle? That could have been a major catastrophe.” Read more.