Fighter jets circle the airport every spring to protect passenger planes. Most dragons won’t fly above ten thousand feet, so defense is only required during takeoff and landing. Dragons are a protected species. While it is illegal to shoot them down, it is acceptable to scare them off with a warning shot. Usually this is sufficient. Usually.
When human technology confuses wild animals, it can pose a real safety hazard. Like when a dragon falls hopelessly in love with what it thinks is another dragon, but is actually a 737. Come back on February 7th to read my new short Love is in the Air.