Senator calls for regulations after drones spotted at BNIA

Posted at 11:29 PM, Dec 07, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-02 23:29:52-05

There are growing concerns about drones entering the airspace in Buffalo and other airports nationwide.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says at least twice, drones have entered the airspace at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. He adds that one actually hovered directly over the airport.

Schumer adds there have been multiple times that drones have narrowly missed hitting planes and other aircraft in New York City. Those incidents include commercial flights.

Over the summer, the FAA started working on a new set of rules for owners of recreational and commercial drones.

The Senator adds that a proposal from the FAA is in the works, but right now is sitting for review on the desk of The Office of Management and Budget.

The Washington Post reports that there were 25 near-collisions between drones and aircraft across the country between early June and late November.

Senator Schumer will make an announcement urging the FAA and Office of Management and Budget to take quicker action.

The announcement is scheduled to take place Monday morning at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.