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FAA says drones should be able to fly over people. Cue the hysteria?

Commercial drones are one step closer to being able to fly over people.

Commercial drones are prohibited currently from flying over populated areas out of safety concerns. But that’s about to change.

The Federal Aviation Administration released recommendations Wednesday from a government-sponsored committee that would make it legal for drones adhering to certain safety standards to fly over crowds for commercial purposes.

Such a move would clear the way for drones to film events and deliver packages -- two of the main potential commercial use cases for drones. (It’s currently legal for noncommercial drone owners to fly over people.) And it would come as a big win for drone manufacturers like DJI, who have been increasingly trying to capture the enterprise market with higher-end drones.

The report “recommends common-sense ways to ensure drones used for commercial and organizational purposes can...


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