Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson for May 07, 2016
Janis: The Supreme Court ruled in United States V. Causby that property rights do not extend upward and that air space is public and available for travel and general use. Janis: The 1946 Landmark case was initiated by a North Carolina chicken farmer who said army airplanes from a nearby field were scaring his chickens to death. Janis: The court did agree that, at 83 feet, the planes were causing damage to Farmer Causby's livelihood, and he was awarded compensation. The court did not address how high was 'safe'. Arlo: It's really difficult for the law to keep up with the pace of technology.