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In the beginning of The Bourne Legacy (2012), Aaron Cross was in training in Alaska, and met with another agent. There's a scene when Aaron ran out of the cabin, and the missile destroyed the cabin. He immediately put some tinfoil (can't see clearly, I guess so) close fitted to his body, and then the drone is no longer able to track him. In reality, would this actually work?

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    This concept is the basis for the phrase, "Tinfoil Hat Conspiracy". Feb 8, 2022 at 14:15
  • There is nothing wrong with this question.. it's tagged with realism and it can be provided a decently credible answer. Much more obscure questions regarding realism have been answered before.
    – Charles
    Feb 11, 2022 at 1:45
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    About 20 minutes later in the film we see him pull a tracking sensor out of his leg, specifically in the exact location that he initially covered himself with the tinfoil and aluminum plate. So..
    – Charles
    Feb 11, 2022 at 5:07
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    @Charles - It dances the line between Trivia and Realism. Although, you could effectively argue that any question with the Realism tag does the exact same. I think it's a fair question, and I agree with you that it should stay. Feb 11, 2022 at 14:52
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    the drone is no longer able to track him... yeah, no. Not unless all you're trying to use is a map like those idiots. - "The aircraft is equipped with the AN/AAS-52 Multi-spectral Targeting System, a color nose camera (generally used by the pilot for flight control), a variable aperture day-TV camera, and a variable aperture thermographic camera (for low light/night)." - The Taliban didn't have trackers in their legs; they were white dots on a black background. No more white dots? Mission accomplished.
    – Mazura
    Feb 15, 2022 at 6:24

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The "tinfoil" appears to be a folded thermal blanket and this is further covered by a tin plate of some kind.

Whether this would be thick enough to actually form a sort of Faraday cage is open to debate but the principle is there.

It's unlikely the tracker implanted is that strong so, arguably, for movie purposes, the answer to your question is "Yes".

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