- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration has declared the Super Bowl a “No Drone Zone,” saying unmanned aircrafts flying within a 32-mile radius of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday could face “deadly force.”

“Bring your lucky jersey. Bring your face paint. Bring your team spirit. But leave your drone at home,” the FAA said in a 20-second video explaining the rule, which is almost identical to last year’s Super Bowl flight restriction, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told NBC News.

“With so many drones being sold for recreational use, we want to do everything we can to get the word out that the game is a No Drone Zone,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. “We’re working closely with our safety and security partners to spread this message as widely as possible.”

Violators could face fines and prosecution for disobeying the order. And, as Mr. Gregor noted from the regulations: “The United States government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft, if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat,” NBC News reported.

The restrictions will be in effect from 2 to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7.

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