Drones have been banned from flights within 30 miles of the Super Bowl football in the United States this weekend.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a ‘temporary flight restriction’ around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The FAA has declared the area a ‘no drone zone’ in a video posted on YouTube.

Anyone caught breaching the rules faces possible civil penalties or criminal charges.

‘Don’t spoil the game. Leave your drone at home,’ adds the FAA.

Seattle Seahawks play New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX.

A few days ago, Amateur Photographer magazine quizzed the UK’s aviation watchdog, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), about drone use. For details, see the video interview below:

  • Paul Paterson

    The number of media companies and photographers that fail to follow the rules and regulations are huge. Most photographers are saying “ah we are following the rules the CCA have written” or “we know what we are doing and we are not breaking any laws” and yet, when you look at the footage these photographers and media companies show, then you get to witness how much the laws and rules are being breached. Photographers, amature and professional posting their material on social media, blogs and on youtube within the K seem to have no idea about the rules and laws. I have even had to send to Police Scotland in Cowal, Argyll a list of the rules and laws that pertain to drones, as the Police said they did not know. Likewise for the local council, Argyll & Bute. Personally, I would like to see a blanket ban of drones with a specific licence as presently but stricter and treated as such. There is too much controversy, violations, breaching of rights such as privacy and the right to a private life, to that of use by terror groups or by authorities wanting to know who, where, when and why about everyone. As a press sports photographer, it is one thing to take pictures and make a story, its another when technology is becoming so small and vast that our daily lives will be no more.

  • Amateur Photographer

    Thanks Peter. We have covered the need for CAA permission for business use in previous articles, and plan to repeat this in a follow-up piece based on the areas of our interview with the CAA that were edited out, as it was mainly aimed at amateur photographers.

  • Peter Kelly

    “…the really important thing is people need to use common sense…”

    When has that ever been a rule of thumb for the average oik? If people used common sense you wouldn’t need the law. Unfortunately, common sense isn’t; it is all too rare these days.

    Also, it’s not privacy laws that is the main constraint if you want to fly relating to a business. As soon as it’s for money you need a CAA licence.