In the past, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reminded us not to “Drink and Drone” for the “No Drone Zone” at the Super Bowl.

Now, for the celebration of our country’s Independence Day, the FAA reminds us that Washington, D.C. metro and surrounding communities are a “No Drone Zone” at all times (not just for July 4th weekend).

The prohibition against flying any type of unmanned aircraft, or “drone,” without specific approval includes the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport.

The airspace around Washington, D.C. is more restricted than in any other part of the country. Rules put in place after the 9/11 attacks establish “national defense airspace” over the area and limit aircraft operations to those with an FAA and Transportation Security Administration authorization. Violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties.

So, visitors and residents to the Washington, DC area, while you may now take photographs INSIDE the White House, you must still leave your drone at home.



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