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              This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday Dec. 1, 2013,  there  This undated image provided by Amazon.com shows the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project that Amazon is working on in its research and development labs. Amazon says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to create the necessary rules and regulations, but CEO Jeff Bezos said Sunday Dec. 1, 2013, there's no reason drones can't help get goods to customers in 30 minutes or less. (AP Photo/Amazon)   

FAA Tells Amazon ‘No Drones!’

The Federal Aviation Administration just shot down Amazon’s plan to use delivery drones. In a public statement on Monday, the FAA clarified that Amazon Prime Air’s use of model aircraft to deliver products is in fact illegal, because it is “delivering packages for a fee.”

This is after a National Transportation Safety Board judge ruled in March that commercial drones are “completely” legal, a decision which the FAA is appealing.

“If a judge says that the FAA lacks the authority to ban commercial drones, that must mean that commercial drones are legal,” Gizmodo said.

Not according to the FAA. While the FAA authorizes police departments to use drones, the FAA thinks the private sector should be banned from using them for commercial purposes.

The FAA’s statement reads, “Any operation not conducted strictly for hobby or recreational purposes could not be operated under the special rule for model aircraft. Clearly, commercial operations would not be hobby or recreation flights. Likewise, flights that are in furtherance of a business, or incidental to a person’s business, would not be a hobby or recreation flight.”

Thus, Americans are only allowed to use drones for fun, but the government can use them to spy on Americans. Except, just last week, the FAA approved drone use by BP. Is the FAA playing favorites?

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