Coast Guard reminds civilians that drones are not permitted over flood-afflicted areas

NEW ORLEANS—Civilians are reminded that flying drones is prohibited in the Beaumont, Port Neches, Nederland, and Port Arthur, Texas, areas while search and rescue operations are underway following Hurricane Harvey.

Federal Aviation Administration Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) have been established in these areas until Tuesday. While a TFR is in place, you cannot fly a drone without specific FAA authorization.

Unauthorized drone flights have the potential to interfere with air crews conducting search and rescue flights in these areas. Flying a drone without authorization could result in significant fines.

For a list of the TFRs in flood-affected areas and other FAA updates pertaining to Hurricane Harvey, visit the FAA’s Hurricane Harvey Update page at

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