Federal Aviation Admin Warns, "Super Bowl Is Strictly a 'No Drone Zone' "
The FAA warns Super Bowl-goers to leave the drones at home.
Super Bowl attendees have been warned: Leave your drones at home. In a video PSA on Wednesday, the FAA informed game-goers not to bring the flying gadgets to the stadium.
"Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team and keep it a no drone zone," the FAA video says
In a fact sheet on the FAA website, the administration informs the public that "general aviation aircraft, media, banner towers, blimps and unmanned aircraft" are restricted within a 10-mile radius of the stadium.
"All unmanned aircraft operations — also known as drones — are prohibited within the restricted areas. These include model aircraft operations, model rocketry and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)," the website describes.
Violators of the rules are subject to being "intercepted, detained and interviewed" by law enforcement or security personnel. Besides possibly landing a violator in jail, flying an unmanned aircraft over a crowded stadium could result in an FAA civil penalty for 'careless and reckless' operation of an aircraft" the FAA warns.
Though the FAA chose not to comment on how it would regulate the rule, or the specific security measures involved, public affairs manager Ian Gregor told The Hollywood Reporter, "Numerous federal, state and local agencies are involved in Super Bowl safety and security."
The FAA said that both air-traffic facility staffing and operating hours will increase over the weekend when necessary.
The Super Bowl will broadcast on NBC at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 1.