Senators urge FAA to allow remote tracking of drones

Senators urge FAA to allow remote tracking of drones
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A bipartisan pair of senators on Monday called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to "swiftly publish" a proposed rule for remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones.

Remote identification rules would enable the public, the FAA and law enforcement to identify and track drones and their operators in flight.

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Sens. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyWarren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal Six Democrats blast Energy Department's uranium reserve pitch MORE (D-Mass.) and John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff MORE (R-S.D.) said in a letter Monday to Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoSaluting FOIA on its birthday House passes bill to strengthen authority of federal watchdogs Biden at Sen. John Warner's funeral: He 'gave me confidence' MORE that there have been several drone sightings in “safety-sensitive areas” in recent months that have “underscored the need to quickly adopt and implement remote identification.”

They pointed to drone sightings that have caused delays at London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports, as well as at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

They also noted that a drone flew over Fenway Park last week during a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

"Remote identification will enhance safety, security, and privacy, and serve as a critical tool for law enforcement to respond to and address reports of illegal and unauthorized drone operations," Thune and Markey wrote in the letter.

Markey and Thune in their letter also requested that Chao provide them with a written response "detailing what steps must be taken between now and July 21 for the FAA to release” a proposed rule for remote identification.