The federal government will require many drone aircraft to be registered, a move prompted by the growing number of reported close calls and incidents that pose safety risks, officials announced Monday.
Frequent travelers who hope to avoid long security lines at the Indianapolis International Airport now can register on Saturdays for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s popular PreCheck program.
Even with the proposed safety restrictions, drones can transform urban infrastructure management, farming, public safety, coastal security, military training, search and rescue, disaster response and more.
John Pistole, outgoing head of the Transportation Security Administration and soon-to-be president of Anderson University, said the greatest threat to national security is still someone slipping a bomb onto a plane bound for the United States.
A contract employee suspected of setting a fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center brought two of the nation's busiest airports to a halt for hours Friday, sending delays and cancellations rippling through the air-travel network from coast to coast.
Indianapolis International Airport will have the first enrollment site for an expedited screening program that allows airline passengers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belts, and keep laptop computers in cases at security checkpoints.