> "The authorities" instead cry wolf.
Nah, I doubt its really them. More likely scenario is this is a solution looking for a problem and a government contract.
As a bonus, once they have tested it on wildfires, it can be used to suppress information gathering by non-approved entities elsewhere.
This is a sales pitch to despots everywhere.
"Your news organizations will buy commercial drones, with this, you can direct them away from whatever atrocity you want to hide"
Much like the sales of tools for mass surveillance are selling like hotcakes to despotic "allies" around the world, so will this. Sure, it wont stop a dedicated hobbiest who ignores it....but lets be honest.... most news orgs will buy off the shelf and compliant.
They will be most easily controlled around the globe if this sees widespread adoption.