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Use of laser beams and drones are banned from Delhi Airport

Ban on drones at the Indira Gandhi International Airport is for the next two months.

Drones, along with the use of laser beams that come under Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) have been officially banned at the Indira Gandhi International Airport for the next two months. It has been noticed that UAS and laser beams can be a serious security threat. It is also considered hazardous for aviation safety. Therefore, this decision was taken by Delhi Police.

The order issued by Delhi Police for these UAS items states that there have been very frequent reports based on solid information about how terrorists often plan to carry out a terror attack with the help of these UAS items. These items include drones, para-gliders and hang-gliders, UAVs, and aero-models. Hence, it has been declared that these items are not to be used by the public.

As of now, the order will remain in force from February 12 to April 12, 2022, as mentioned by the reports. Also, there were some incidents that came to light where pilots got distracted by laser beams when trying to land aircraft, as mentioned by Bijender Singh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, subdivision Palam.

Furthermore, the lights and laser beams from a number of banquets, hotels, farmhouses, and restaurants in the area, cause nuisance and visual distraction to the pilots.

The use of para-gliders, para-motors, UAVs, UAS, hang gliders, microlight aircraft, hot air balloons, remotely-piloted aircraft, small-size powered aircraft, quadcopters, or even para-jumping from aircraft was banned by the Delhi Police earlier this year.

https://www.indiatoday.in/cities/delhi/story/drones-laser-beams-prohibited-near-delhi-airport-for-2-more-months-1916319-2022-02-22#:~:text=The%20use%20of%20drones%20and,poses%20a%20serious%20security%20threat.&text=The%20Delhi%20Police%20have%20prohibited,Airport%20for%20two%20more%20months.

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