In the current state of heightened awareness, it is comforting to think that on board the big blimp over your stadium, beaming images of a ball game to television viewers, there could be a security officer in direct contact with command centers on the ground.
So far, that's just wishful thinking.
Flight restrictions imposed on commercial airships over stadiums and public assemblies following the 11 September terrorist attacks exemplify a classic government regulatory paradox reflecting little understanding of the consequences or the opportunities inherent in airship operations. The new regulations prohibit airships from flying within three miles of a stadium below 3,000 feet or over any open-air assembly of people or within 22 miles of major airports. This is exactly the airspace where commercial blimp operators earn their livings.