Amazon drone plan runs into FAA challenge

BY Sam Lane  June 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM EDT
Amazon Prime Air wants to employ drones to deliver packages to customers. Photo courtesy of Amazon

Amazon Prime Air wants to employ drones to deliver packages to customers. Photo courtesy of Amazon

The Federal Aviation Administration has, at least for now, squashed plans by online shopping giant Amazon to deliver packages via drone.

In December, the company unveiled Amazon Prime Air, which would use drones to deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes of their purchase.

But, according to Ars Technica, an FAA document released Monday said Amazon’s proposal is an example of what is barred under regulations for recreational drone use.

Specifically, under a list of prohibited drone activities, the FAA mentioned “Delivering of packages to people for a fee.”

Ars Technica says the FAA promised it would revisit commercial applications of small drones later this year and may institute new rules by the end of 2015.