Mar 18 2016
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the near collision of a drone and a Lufthansa jetliner near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):
“This is one more incident that could have brought down an airliner, and it’s completely unacceptable. A near-miss of 200 feet should serve as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by reckless drone use.
“Irresponsible drone use must be stopped and here is what we’re doing: In June 2015, I introduced the Consumer Drone Safety Act, with many safety provisions including technological safeguards to prevent drones from flying too high in the path of airliners. This provision and others were incorporated into the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, which I understand the Senate will debate on the floor next month. We must pass this bill and strengthen the law wherever we can.”