GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is issuing a stern warning to hobbyists who may want to get an up-close view of the Super Bowl using an unmanned drone: Do it and you may end up in jail.
The FAA is imposing temporary flight restrictions Sunday afternoon and evening for all aircraft near University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale. The bans include remotely piloted drones.
The flight restrictions extend to a 10-mile radius around the stadium and all flights will be banned below 18,000 feet.
The flight ban area includes Glendale, Goodyear and Williams-Gateway airports. No operations into or out of those facilities are allowed from mid-afternoon until midnight.
Those who violate the ban rules may be intercepted, detained and interviewed. Anyone caught operating a drone could be jailed or fined.
“The FAA Notice to Airmen makes it crystal clear that anyone violating the rules may be ‘intercepted, detained and interviewed’ by law enforcement or security personnel,” the statement reads. “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 also released a video calling the Super Bowl a “No Drone Zone.”
“Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a no drone zone,” the video says. “Don’t spoil the game, leave your drone at home.”
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