Drone sales expected to surge this holiday season

McCownGordon Construction recently purchased a DJI Phantom 2 drone. | Courtesy of Macomb Paynes/Creative Commons
Courtesy of Macomb Paynes/Creative Commons

The Consumer Technology Association estimates that about 400,000 recreational drones, generally priced between $50 and $1,600, are expected to be sold this holiday season, up 30 percent from last year.

However, consumers face restrictions and concerns while operating small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or sUVAs. Flying drones within 5 miles of any major U.S. airport without seeking permission, for example, is against Federal Aviation Administration regulations. Additionally, concerns over privacy and safety are becoming prime worries.

In Missouri, three bills have been drafted since 2013 attempting to ban the use of drones to take pictures of others without permission or a warrant.

Missouri, along with at least 44 other states, considered legislation this year related to drones.

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