The US Federal Aviation Administration wants the world's airlines to stop letting passengers put large electronic devices like laptops in checked bags on international flights. The proposal, which will no doubt upset some frequent travellers, will be considered by the United Nations in the coming weeks.
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It's understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires -- providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fuelled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of thousands of acres of land.
The FAA fun police have struck again. The agency has already put restrictions on flying drones over and around national parks, military bases, and airports. Now it has announced it's restricting drone flights near Department of Interior sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam.
Year after year, drones are becoming more popular with the public and the industry is expected to grow for the foreseeable future. This, coupled with an antsy commercial drone industry, has created a lot of regulatory headaches for the FAA. The latest proposal on the table is to create a remote identification system in order to increase accountability for pilots.
As of right this second, no one is allowed to bring a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 onto a flight in the United States because they can combust. The same is true of all four major Australian carriers, too. If you're travelling and haven't had a chance to exchange your phone yet, this is going to be a big pain.
Lithium-ion batteries and aircraft have some bad blood: Boeing's 787 Dreamliners were grounded three years ago because of battery fires, the US FAA banned all lithium batteries in hold luggage, and now an innocent iPhone has caused a fire on an Alaska Air flight.
On Monday, the US FAA will launch its online registry for American drone operators with the aim of collecting personal information from the owners of these unmanned aircraft. But according to a report from Forbes, all those names and addresses will eventually be publicly available. Which seems... kinda scary?
If you are a proud American drone owner -- or are one of the thousands of Americans who'll purchase one this holiday season -- the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to know about it. And the agency has finally set a deadline.
The same Connecticut teen whose shotgun-outfitted drone video went viral this summer is back -- this time with a flamethrower attached to an unmanned aerial vehicle. Reminder: there is currently no US law formally banning individuals from weaponising drones.
Google's Project Wing seemed very far from reality when it started getting attention while testing in Australia last year. But now the project's lead, David Vos, is saying the drone delivery service could be flying goods to people as early as 2017.