FAA Bans Drones From The Super Bowl — Unless You’re Lady Gaga

Feb 5, 2017

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Beginning at 4pm Central Time and extending until just before midnight, the Federal Aviation Administration has instituted a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) within a 34.5 mile radius of NRG Stadium in Houston, where today’s Super Bowl is being played. The TFR prohibits certain aircraft operations — including drones — from operating within the flight area during the proscribed times.

Super Bowl flight restrictions aren’t unusual and the FAA has had other special procedures in place for the last several days leading up to the big game and continuing into tomorrow. But the FAA is going out of its way to inform members of the public specifically about the drone restriction, even producing a 20 second video declaring the Super Bowl to be a “No Drone Zone.”

With drones becoming ever more popular, incidents between drones and other aircraft are becoming more common, and the FAA now requires drone operators to register their devices. But while drones have been banned from flying over major sporting events since 2014, this years “No Drone Zone” — which is equivalent to 30 nautical miles — is large enough that it could easily affect people in the Houston area with no connection to the game, especially considering the stadium is located near the downtown area. Therefore, the FAA advises drone operators to consult its B4UFLY smartphone app, which can show in real time any flight restrictions or requirements that exist in the area for unmanned aircraft.

Meanwhile, the FAA drone ban required a little extra work to produce aspects of the game’s entertainment. According to CNNMoney, Super Bowl organizers had to request clearance from the FAA to use drones during the halftime show, which this year is featuring Lady Gaga. A source reportedly said the performance will include hundreds of lit-up drones. While companies such as Disney have previously employed drones in shows, this will be the first time drones are incorporated into the widely watched Super Bowl halftime broadcast.

As far as the rest of us, CNET reported that local law enforcement officials are aware of the ban, and NORAD — the North American Aerospace Defense command — is enforcing the ban, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura J. Brown. Recently, commercial operators have been fined for using drones in a careless or reckless manner, and at last year’s third presidential debate, Las Vegas police employed an anti-drone system known as DroneTracker that can locate and jam signals between the drone and the operator.

So if you’re heading out to the stadium today, leave your drones at home. Kickoff between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons is scheduled for 6:30pm Eastern.

Featured image courtesy of DKart/Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.