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US will require drone buyers to register them with Transportation Dept.

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The U.S. government will announce a new plan requiring anyone buying a drone to register the device with the Transportation Department, NBC News reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

The plan, which is expected to be announced within days, is a response to government concerns over the increasing number of close calls between drones and aircraft flying to and from some of the country’s biggest airports, NBC News said.

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Under the plan, the government will work with the drone industry to set up a structure for registering the unmanned aerial vehicles, and the regulations could be in place by Christmas, the network said.

In June, a small drone flew within a few hundred feet (meters) of a Southwest Airlines flight as the plane was about to land at Dallas’ Love Field airport. The plane landed safely.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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