As the Fourth of July approaches, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding residents and visitors to Washington, D.C., that drones are not allowed to fly in the city and surrounding communities.
The prohibition against flying any type of unmanned aircraft without specific approval includes the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
The FAA says it is conducting its No Drone Zone campaign so visitors and residents thoroughly understand that operating an unmanned aircraft in this area for any purpose is against the law.
The airspace around Washington, D.C., is more restricted than in any other part of the country, and violators face stiff fines and criminal penalties, the agency says.
In May, the FAA launched the No Drone Zone campaign for the D.C. area.
“Federal rules prohibit any aircraft from operating in the Flight Restricted Zone around our nation’s capital without specific approval,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “That includes all unmanned aircraft.”