The Hill article President Donald Trump has signed a controversial order to allow the Department of Homeland Security to allow small unmanned aircraft, known as drones, to be flown in the United States.
The measure, which would allow small drones to fly on commercial flights without a pilot, could be finalized as early as Monday, a White House official said Monday.
Trump signed the measure Friday as part of a broad policy review of the government’s use of drones.
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said that the new order would allow for the use of small unmanned vehicles in public spaces for “any legitimate purpose.”
The new rule would also allow for drone-equipped commercial flights, including those operated by commercial airlines.
The administration did not provide any details on the specific purpose of the drone flights.
It is unclear whether the policy is intended to expand or clarify existing rules governing the use and use of commercial drones.
Federal officials have said that there are no plans to extend or expand the use or use of UAVs.
Trump and his aides have said they are considering a broad range of proposals to regulate drones.
But the policy review has not yet been finalized.
The White House’s announcement came as the White House grappled with how to respond to a spate of incidents involving drones.
In late July, for example, a drone pilot flying a remote-controlled aircraft in Wisconsin killed two men while flying over Lake Michigan.
And last month, a small drone flying over the White Senate building in Washington state killed one person and injured five others.
In both cases, authorities used deadly force to remove the drone, but the pilot escaped without being charged.
The pilot, David R. Fenno, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,600 by a federal judge for his actions.
The president has expressed concern about drone use, including in public places.
In a speech at the White Houses residence on July 10, he said, “If a UAV is in the air, it’s a danger to life.
It’s a threat to our democracy.”