H.R.3644 - Drone Operator Safety Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 08/04/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/21/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.3644 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (08/04/2017)
Drone Operator Safety Act of 2017
This bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime to knowingly or recklessly operate an unmanned aircraft that interferes with or disrupts an aircraft or airborne vehicle carrying at least one occupant in U.S. airspace.
It imposes criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term, or both—on a violator.
The prohibition includes the unauthorized operation of an unmanned aircraft within an airport's runway exclusion zone (i.e., defined area of controlled airspace around an active runway) unless the operation is the result of an unforeseeable circumstance (e.g., a malfunction).