Another day, another US bill that seeks to ban DJI drones
A new bipartisan push to ban US government agencies from operating Chinese-made drones, including DJI, is currently underway in the Senate. This time, it’s the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that’s under the scanner for using more than a dozen drones that were manufactured in China.
Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) have proposed legislation that would limit the presence of foreign-produced drones in the United States. In addition to China, the bill would also prohibit the FAA from buying or using drones produced in Russia, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba.
“Taxpayer dollars should never fund drones manufactured in regions that are hostile toward the US,” stresses Blackburn, adding that the US cannot leave its critical technologies sector open to vulnerabilities.
More specifically, the bill prohibits the FAA from providing federal funds to certain foreign drone companies. Any federal programs under…