Leave drones at home during Super Bowl, FAA says

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jan 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-28 23:28:19-05

The Federal Aviation Administration warned drone operators Wednesday to stay away from the Super Bowl.

That means no flying – and definitely no drinking while droning – within 10 miles of University of Phoenix Stadium. That’s an area of more than 300 square miles.

“The Super Bowl is strictly a ‘No Drone Zone,’” the FAA said in a statement. “Besides possibly landing a violator in jail, flying an unmanned aircraft over a crowded stadium could result in an FAA civil penalty.”

The FAA's social media push comes two days after an off-duty government employee crashed a drone on the White House grounds after drinking. The incident caused a lockdown at the White House.

Unauthorized aircraft – including drones – are prohibited at all NFL games, Major League Baseball, most NASCAR events and NCAA college games where the stadium seats 30,000 or more.

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.