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FAA: Drones Flown Around the Super Bowl Could Face 'Deadly Force'

by James Eng /

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"Bring your lucky jersey. Bring your face paint. Bring your team spirit. But leave your drone at home."

That’s the message the Federal Aviation Administration wants to impart to fans who plan to attend (or hang around outside) the Super Bowl on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The FAA produced a 20-second video reminding people that operating a drone within a 32-mile radius of the stadium on game day is prohibited. That's 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."

Drone operators who break the rules could face civil penalties and criminal charges. And, as 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."

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