S.1755 - Drone Operator Safety Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 08/03/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 08/03/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1755 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (08/03/2017)
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).