TechCrunch reports that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to ban the use of drones for delivering packages.
There might have been an Amazon loophole in the proposed rules, however. Amazon’s Prime program provides free shipping to its subscribing customers, so could it get around the FAA’s language due to its use of the word “fee”? Nope.
A footnote to the delivery comment says the following, eliding the online retailer perfectly:
If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose.
Surprising? No, but it is almost fun to see the government be so particular in its language.
Incidentally, I am using this news item to test out a new SQL query for the mainpage. Wish me luck!
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