Earlier this week, Jeff Bezos, the pioneering mind that is responsible for Amazon.com and its successes, revealed a secret project that he has had in the works for quite a while. In an interview on CBS’s 60 minutes, Bezos revealed possible plans to have packages delivered by small, flying, drone-like machines in the next few years.

Earlier this week, Jeff Bezos, the pioneering mind that is responsible for Amazon.com and its successes, revealed a secret project that he has had in the works for quite a while. In an interview on CBS’s 60 minutes, Bezos revealed possible plans to have packages delivered by small, flying, drone-like machines in the next few years.


While I can see the possibilities of having the small machines deliver single packages to doorsteps, and the impact it would have on both Internet commerce and the delivery industry, the idea seems like something that sprung from my worst nightmares. To be fair, Bezos says the project is still in the planning stages. I hope it stays there.


I try to wrap my head around how the helicopter-like machines he unveiled could possibly keep up with delivery demands during the busy holiday season. After all, they only appear to be able to carry one package at a time, with weight limitations.


The obvious answer is sheer numbers! I immediately imagine a cloud of thousands of the Amazon drones blocking out the sun like locusts from the Old Testament. The Amazon fleet would have an impact on everything airborne from commercial aircraft to low-flying birds.


My overactive imagination tries to contemplate what this would mean for anyone at the FAA who happens to be manning the radar. Instead of numerous small blips on the screen representing aircraft in the skies, I imagine the entire screen lighting up as one giant mass of drones out for delivery.


While that reality settles into my already rattled psyche, I try to imagine the sound of thousands of robotic deliverymen soaring across the sky. The sound of one single drone is nothing more than a light buzzing, but the sound of a multitude is likely to resemble a massive swarm of angry bees.


With so many drones in the air, it goes without saying that there are going to be accidents. I do not look forward to delivering the news to little Timmy that the toy he was expecting for Christmas was the latest victim in a series of midair drone-on-drone collisions sweeping the nation. I’d like even less to be the poor soul who happens to be below as a drone has an accident while carrying a bowling ball.



Happy birthday Monday to Lila Shugart, Timothy Lancaster, Pat Chandler, Pat Leveille, James Calhoun Sr., and Robert Weste, all of Sherman; Andrea James and Ethel Wynn, both of Denison; Emilee Ellis Maddox of Plano; Ava Evans Gay of Pottsboro; Donna Bryan Watkins of San Antonio; Linda Kay Able Cherry of Rockwall; Zoretta Smith of Whitesboro; and Connie Culp of Howe.


Happy anniversary Monday to Bill and Mary Hall of Savoy.