Don’t try to catch an aerial view of Pope Francis during his visit to DC this week. The FAA just issued a reminder that it could pursue “criminal or civil charges” against anyone flying unmanned aircraft around the city, including radio-controlled models.
The ban also applies to New York and Philadelphia.
Much of the Washington area is already off-limits to drones, though the occasional gyrocopter somehow manages to make it through our air defenses. In May, the US declined to prosecute a man who accidentally crashed a drone on the White House grounds in January.
That said: Leave the drone at home. Here’s a helpful video.