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FAA adds more places where you can no longer fly drones, including prisons and coast guard facilities

The Federal Aviation Administration this week announced new restrictions on places where you can no longer fly drones.

The FAA, in cooperation with Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), on Thursday released a list of new places, primarily coast guard facilities and prisons, where it is illegal to fly drones over.

This is the first time the Agency has placed specific flight restrictions for unmanned aircraft, or “drones,” over Federal Bureau of Prisons and US Coast Guard facilities.

The FAA in the past has placed similar flight restrictions over military installations, as well as over ten Department of Interior facilities, including New York’s Statue of Liberty National Monument, and seven Department of Energy facilities.  Those restrictions remain in place.

Here is the complete list of the newly added facilities where it is now illegal to fly a drone:

  • United States Penitentiary (USP) Tucson near Tucson, AZ
  • USP Atwater near Atwater, CA
  • USP Victorville near Victorville, CA
  • USP Florence High near Florence, CO
  • USP Florence ADMAX near Florence, CO
  • USP Coleman I near Sumterville, FL
  • USP Coleman II near Sumterville, FL
  • USP Marion near Marion, IL
  • USP Terre Haute near Terre Haute, IN
  • USP Big Sandy near Inez, KY
  • USP McCreary near Pine Knot, KY
  • USP Pollock near Pollock, LA
  • USP Yazoo City near Yazoo City, MS
  • USP Allenwood near Allenwood, PA
  • USP Canaan near Waymart, PA
  • USP Lewisburg near Lewisburg, PA
  • USP Beaumont near Beaumont, TX
  • USP Lee near Pennington Gap, VA
  • USP Hazelton near Bruceton Mills, WV
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG) Baltimore Yard, MD
  • USCG Base Boston, MA
  • USCG Base Alameda, CA
  • USCG Base Los Angeles/Long Beach (LALB), CA
  • USCG Base Elizabeth City, NC
  • USCG Base Kodiak, AK
  • USCG Base Miami, FL
  • USCG Base Portsmouth, VA
  • USCG Base Seattle, WA

The changes will become effective on Wednesday, June 20. Operators who violate the flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges, according to the FAA.

The FAA added that exceptions to the rules can be made with special permission from the facility or the FAA.

Not sure if it is legal to fly drones where you are? Check the Know Before You Fly site map, powered by AirMap. Plug in your zip code and the map can tell you if you are in a restricted area.

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