Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) is drafting legislation that would create laws focused on drone flight safety, asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to "aggressively confront" the rise in "highly-capable, inexpensive drones" that are being operated by private citizens. The vocal California Senator wants the FAA to make it clear to drone operators that they are responsible for their actions, including ensuring privacy rights are upheld - and that drones don't get too close to aircraft.
"It is my intent to introduce legislation to codify and expand the moratorium on private drone use without specific authority from the FAA that is already in place," the Feinstein letter wrote. "This expanded moratorium would cover any such use that could threaten the airspace, it would require a safety certification for expansions of private drone use, and it would be backed up by substantial criminal penalties if manned aircraft or people are put at risk."
Sen. Feinstein isn't a big fan of drone use in the United States, and previously voiced privacy concerns as the small flying aircraft hit the skies.