FAA Bans Drones At Landmarks
The FAA has banned drones from flying within 400 feet of several U.S. landmarks and five of the largest dams in the U.S. a day after FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was worried about terrorists using drones against the U.S. The 10 specific locations are all landmarks under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior and include the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. The restrictions take effect on Oct. 5 and mark the first time the FAA has imposed this sort of restriction on civilian sites. Military bases continue to be off-limits for drones.
The FAA says it may not be done declaring drone-free zones. “The FAA is considering additional requests from other federal agencies for restrictions,” the news release said. The sites included in the current action include Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, New York; Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston, Massachusetts; Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Folsom Dam, Folsom, California; Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, Arizona; Grand Coulee Dam, Grand Coulee, Washington; Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Nevada; Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, Missouri; Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota; and Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, California.