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In response to concerns about “malicious drone activity” the FAA has announced new airspace restrictions over 60 facilities – most of them federal prisons.  Reports of attempts to make deliveries to prisoners or otherwise interfere with federal prison operation with drones have increased: earlier this year, a British man was sentenced to 5 years in prison for attempting to deliver contraband to prison inmates by drone.   A 9 month study of reports of rogue drones over prisons, maintained by counter-drone technology firm Dedrone, provides a discouraging look at repeated incidents of drugs, smuggling, riots and other mayhem that rogue drones have caused over correctional facilities.

While the perpetrators of these crimes are probably not heavy users of the B4UFly app or readers of FAA NOTAMS anyway, official restrictions may make it harder to fly off the shelf drones with geofencing into these areas – or at least make prosecution easier.  Fewer of these negative publicity events would be a good thing for the industry.

The following is an FAA press…

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