UK authority warns new drone owners: Fly your Christmas gift safely, or you could be fined

Associated Press

Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain.

The country's civil aviation authority on Thursday issued a warning that people who fly their drones recklessly face prosecution and a hefty fine.

Continue Reading Below

Officials say the popular Christmas gifts cannot be used over congested areas or close to people or buildings without official permission. Fines go up to 5,000 pounds ($8,000).

Spokesman Gerry Corbett says drone technology has improved as costs have come down, making the devices much more affordable, but that new users have to follow regulations.

The warning follows a number of incidents and near-misses involving drones, including one that came close to a commercial plane landing at London Heathrow Airport.