Port Authority: Airport Shops Must Stop Drone Sales

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

At least two stores inside Newark Airport are selling drones despite federal rules prohibiting flying them near airports, which the Port Authority said Wednesday it will demand an end to “immediately.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said last week that the remote-controlled flying objects had been spotted 650 times this year as of Aug. 9, compared with 238 sightings for all of 2014. The agency is now proposing to further restrict drone flying, including a 400-foot maximum altitude.

Laura Samuels, a spokeswoman for one Newark shop, said Tuesday the items were toys and did not threaten aviation, but they would be removed.

“We’re not here to cause panic in the streets,” she said. “If it is uncomfortable for customers or the airport, we will do what we always do in that situation, and that’s remove them.”