Gridlock U.S. officials pushing for drone identification requirement, new powers for Homeland Security and Justice

Gridlock U.S. officials pushing for drone identification requirement, new powers for Homeland Security and Justice


 

Baltimore —  Federal officials seeking to expand drone use around the United States said Tuesday they are pushing a pair of security initiatives to deal with what one called “the clueless, the careless and the criminal.”

Federal Aviation Administration officials said they want all, or nearly all, drones to have the electronic equivalent of a tail number that would allow them to be identified from afar. Such a requirement, dubbed “remote identification,” could help public safety authorities differentiate between potential threats and benign flights and make enforcement easier if people break the law, the officials said.

bTrump administration officials are also seeking legal changes to give the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department powers to track, disrupt or bring down drones that pose security dangers. That could mirror powers given to the Department of Defense in 2016 and expanded in 2017.

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