Media companies in the USA will now be allowed to use drones to carry out their work

Film industry to be allowed to use drones in USA

Aviation authorities in the USA say they will consider allowing the film and television industry to use drones for the first time.

Seven aerial photo and video production companies have asked for regulatory exemptions, facilitated by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.

Media companies are among the commercial groups not allowed to use unmanned aircraft under current FAA rules, but tens of thousands of drones are already in use in the US, often flouting federal restrictions, for a wide range of tasks from farming to film making.

The agency cited "tangible economic benefits" that could result from the move, but said it would act to make sure safety issues associated with drone use were mitigated.

Their use has raised privacy and safety concerns. The FAA last month highlighted a case where a drone nearly collided with a passenger plane near a Florida airport.

The FAA has issued a number of exemptions, including to law enforcement, and has said it is "working aggressively to ensure the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace."

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