If you were planning to use a drone to get a bird's-eye view of the Statue of Liberty on your next visit, the Federal Aviation Administration is warning you to think again.
The same goes for Mount Rushmore and a handful of other Interior Department sites after the FAA issued a directive Thursday that prohibits flights of unmanned aerial vehicles within 400 feet of monument boundaries. The FAA said it took the action at the request of the US national security and law enforcement agencies.
"This is the first time the agency has placed airspace restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or 'drones,' over [Interior Department] landmarks," the FAA said in a statement. "Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges."
The move comes more than three years after the National Park Service issued a temporary policy memorandum still in effect at most parks, the NPS says.within park boundaries, except with the park superintendent's written permission. That policy is
The FAA has created an interactive map to inform the public of its flight restrictions, including previous prohibitions against flying over military bases and airports.
The new restrictions kick in Oct. 5. Here are the 10 Interior Department sites covered by the new restrictions:
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York
Boston National Historical Park (U.S.S. Constitution), Boston
Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia
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
Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Keystone, South Dakota
Shasta Dam; Shasta Lake, California
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