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 MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.) and John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Trump says he'll accept nomination from either White House or Gettysburg Meadows says he wants Trump nomination speech 'miles and miles away' from White House MORE (R-S.D.) said in a letter Monday to Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine Lan ChaoWaPost gives three Pinocchios to McConnell challenger for China attack Trump's contempt for advice and consent Wider impact of COVID: Some voids will be forever, some need not be 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.