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FAA declares Super Bowl “Drone Free Zone”, will shoot down violators


The Federal Aviation Administration issued a stern warning to to all who wish to fly their privately-owned drones within a 32-mile radius of the Super Bowl- “Bring your lucky jersey. Bring your face paint. Bring your team spirit. But leave your drone at home.”

In the 22-second video issued by the FAA, amateur pilots are instructed to avoid flying within the 32-mile radius surrounding the San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium, which will be the battleground for Super Bowl 50 this coming Sunday.

According to information obtained by Yahoo! Tech, “Flight restrictions are in place from 2:00 PM through 11:59 PM local time on Sunday, and violators could face fines and prosecution for disobeying the order, officials say. The FAA also warns that drones could be subject to ‘deadly force’ if it is considered a threat – although they did not specify how and by whom the restrictions would be enforced.”

While the restrictions are similar to the previous Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, the key difference this year will be the FAA requirement for drone registration. The restrictions range from the standard 32-mile radius for manned and unmanned aircraft, with even more stringent restrictions existing within the 10-mile radius.

The FAA Public Affairs Office was not available for comment on the matter.

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