Philadelphia to be no-drone zone for pope’s visit

FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, a hexacopter drone is flown in Cordova, Md. Pilot reports of drone sightings so far this year are more than double last year, the Federal Aviation Administration reported Thursday. ¶ There have been more than 650 reports this year by pilots of unmanned aircraft flying near manned aircraft, according to the FAA. There were 238 drone sightings in all of 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia will be a no-drone zone when Pope Francis is in town.

The FAA says Wednesday it’s banning the unmanned aircraft from city airspace during the Sept. 26-27 visit.

An agency advisory says model airplanes, gliders and hot air balloons are also being barred, along with planes towing advertising banners.

Don’t think about parachuting in or flying a crop duster, either.

Law enforcement, first responders and the news media are required to apply for airspace clearance at least a week before Francis arrives.

The Department of Homeland Security requested the restrictions.

The FAA says they’re designed to ensure safety while providing as much airspace access as possible.

The agency says the restrictions could change with little or no notice.

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