Drone operators could get more freedoms to buzz around at night

By Mark Prado
Don McCullough via Wikimedia Commons

Drone operators may get more freedom to buzz around during night hours under a plans announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Monday.

Trump administration officials say they are aware of safety concerns, but believe they can be addressed. A married couple were recently arrested in the United Kingdom for flying a drone near Gatwick Airport causing major delays and other issues. 

Locally, the Golden Gate Bridge District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and other jurisdictions have banned drones from airspace, citing safety and privacy concerns.

"Beyond the nuisance they may pose to other visitors, our primary concern is for public safety and protection of park resources," the GGNRA notes on its website. Drone users are subject to a citation of $125 plus fees at the national recreation area. 

Proponents say drones can be useful by deliver medicine, taking images for journalists and helping with safety inspection in hard to reach areas, among other uses. 



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