Newark Liberty airport retails agree to withdraw drones from shelves

20 August 2015 (Last Updated August 20th, 2015 18:30)

Retailers Brookstone and Hudson News are pulling out drones from their shelves at the Newark Liberty International Airport, upon a directive from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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Retailers Brookstone and Hudson News are pulling out drones from their shelves at the Newark Liberty International Airport, upon a directive from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The Port Authority insisted on stopping the sale of drones at the airports after NJ Advance Media reported about their presence at the retailers in the airport.

Flying of drones near to planes has become a menace in the US, with four such incidents reported at Newark Liberty alone earlier this month.

"We're not here to cause panic in the streets."

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the sightings of drones had gone up to 650 this year from 238 in 2014.

Owing to the nuisance and potential safety threat that drones are posing, the FAA has restricted the drones from flying with a range of five miles of airports, and above 400ft.

Non-adherence to the law would invite criminal charges and up to $25,000 in fines.

Hudson News spokesperson Laura Samuels told NJ.com that drones are not a threat to the aviation as they were toys, but would withdraw them from the stores in terminal A.

"We're not here to cause panic in the streets.

"If it is uncomfortable for customers or the airport, we will do what we always do in that situation, and that's remove them. And that's what I'm going to recommend we do," she added.


Image: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said that sightings of drones had gone up to 650 this year from 238 in 2014. Photo: courtesy of Dkroetsch.