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Selling Drones At Airports? Not A Good Idea.

Impacting Travel | Rich Thomaselli | August 20, 2015

Selling Drones At Airports? Not A Good Idea.

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Here are a bunch of things that naturally go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Shoes and socks. Abbott and Costello. Yin and yang.

Drones and airports? Not so much.

Drones have created some spectacular aerial footage as they creep more and more into society. But drones and airports don’t mix, with the potential for catastrophe.

So that has the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wondering, if federal law prohibits drone use within five miles of an airport, why are stores inside of Newark Liberty International Airport selling them?

Brookstone and Hudson News both had drones for sale at their respective stores at the airport, an alarming bit of news considering Newark has been beset by drone issues of late. Four separate airliners flying at altitudes ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 feet reported sighting a drone on their final approach to Newark on Aug. 9.

Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said this is unacceptable.

“Upon learning of the sale of such items at Newark Liberty International Airport, Port Authority leadership today moved quickly to demand that the stores selling drones cease immediately from doing so,” Marsico told the New York Post. “The PA shares the aviation community’s safety concerns about the growing presence of drones around the region’s airports and is strongly opposed to the sale of drones at terminal shops.”

Laura Samuels, a spokeswoman for the Hudson Group, parent company of Hudson News, told the drones would be removed from the store.

"We're not here to cause panic in the streets," said Samuels. "If it is uncomfortable for customers or the airport, we will do what we always do in that situation, and that's remove them. And that's what I'm going to recommend we do."


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