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    US Aviation Administration Denies Use of Drones During Pope Francis Visit

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    The operation of drones will be prohibited in such US cities as Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia during the first in history papal visit to the country, Federal Aviation Administration claimed Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Drones will not be allowed to operate during the visit of Pope Francis to Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta said in a release on Tuesday.

    "If you plan to attend any of the Papal visit events, please leave your drone at home," Huerta stated. "Anyone flying a drone within the designated restricted areas may be subject to civil and criminal charges."

    Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the United States September 22-27 in his first papal visit to the country.

    At present, the FAA has imposed flight restrictions in the airspace over Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia.

    "A prohibition against flying any type of unmanned aircraft without specific approval exists around the District of Columbia, cities, towns and airports," the release said. "The FAA temporarily has expanded restrictions for all aircraft, including drones, to include Potomac Airfield, College Park and Washington Executive/Hyde Park airports."

    On Tuesday, US authorities detained a teenage boy outside of Philadelphia for allegedly planning an Islamic State-inspired attack on Pope Francis during his visit to the United States later in September.


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