Saturday, December 23, 2017

Drones banned near Thiruvananthapuram airport

Thiruvananthapuram: As the city is gearing up to celebrate Christmas and New Year, the district collector has issued an order banning use of drones and sky lanterns within two kilometer radius of the Trivandrum International Airport. This may appear as a dampener as Shangumugham beach close to Trivandrum International Airport is a major festival venue.
Collector K Vasuki said in the order that the ban had been imposed as the use of drones and sky lanterns could pose security threats to the airport and affect the air traffic. There existed a possibility terrorists might use drones to click images of the airport, which they could use for malicious purposes, said the order.
There already exists an order by directorate general of civil aviation which bans the use of drones in cities where airports exists. Prior permission of airport director is needed to use the drones in places close to the airport. The collector issued the order after receiving a direction from the state government to implement the DGCA directive.
23/12/17 Times of India