Cherry blossoms are in the no-drone zone, says FAA

FILE - In this April 11, 2015, the Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin Saturday in Washington. Unseasonably warm weather has prompted the National Park Service to revise its prediction for peak blooms for Washington's cherry blossom trees. The agency said in a news release Tuesday, March 8, 2016, that it has revised the projected peak bloom dates to March 18-23. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

By Allison Keyes, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON– Thinking of using a drone to capture sweet pictures of the blooms during the National Cherry Blossom Festival? Don’t. It’s against the law.

In a video released on Friday, The Federal Aviation Administration warned people to leave their drones at home, because much of the area is a no -drone zone. The ban on any type of drone without specific approval includes all of Washington, D.C., as well as cities and towns within a 15 mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

“Flying a drone in any of these areas is against the law,” warns the video.

The agency notes that the airspace around D.C. is more restricted than any other part of the nation, due to rules put in place after the September 11th attacks. Aircraft operations are limited to those with FAA and Transportation Security Administration authorization. If you don’t have it, you face stiff fines and criminal penalties.

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