Remote identification rules are instrumental for drone privacy, safety, and security


Washington (April 29, 2019) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), members of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today sent a letter to the Department of Transportation calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to swiftly publish a proposed rule for remote identification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also called drones. Remote identification could permit the public, the FAA, law enforcement, and others to remotely track and identify drones and their operators during flight. This would help address the rise of unauthorized drone flights in sensitive areas, including near airports and large gatherings. In April, a drone flew over Fenway Park during a Boston Red Sox game, potentially endangering fans, players, and stadium workers.


“In recent months, a series of UAS sightings in safety-sensitive areas have underscored the need to quickly adopt and implement remote identification,” write Senators Markey and Thune in their letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “Remote identification will enhance safety, security, and privacy, and serve as a critical tool for law enforcement to respond to and address reports of illegal and unauthorized drone operations.”


A copy of the letter can be found HERE