Feds prohibit drones over military bases

The Federal Aviation Administration is now banning drones from flying over military bases in order to protect "national security interests."

It's the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply only to unmanned aircraft systems, the FAA said in a statement Friday.

The restrictions were requested by the Department of Defense and U.S. security and intelligence agencies.

Starting next Friday, drone operators will be prohibited from flying up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of 133 different military facilities.

Only a few exceptions will be granted, and operators must coordinate with the individual base and the FAA, the agency said. Operators who violate the new airspace restrictions could face civil penalties and criminal charges.

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