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Feds: Philadelphia a no-drone zone when Pope Francis comes to town

The Federal Aviation Administration is also considering ban for NYC, DC when Pope Francis visits.

Philly a no-drone zone when His Holiness arrives. NYC and DC may also get the restReuters/Oswald

Step away from the drone.

When Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia next month for his much anticipated visit, the city will be a no-drone zone.

The Federal Aviation Administration is barring all unmanned aircraft, even model airplanes and hot air balloons, on Sept. 26 and 27 in Philly, Reuters reports.

Similar bans may be ordered in New York City and Washington, where the pope will also stop but be in far-more-controlled locations.

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"The restrictions are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for the event but also ensure fair and equitable access to all airspace users to the greatest extent possible," the FAA said.

The agency said the Department of Homeland Security requested the bans.

Philly will also be limiting public transit and creating a 4-square-mile frozen zone, officials said Thursday.

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"If anyone thinks that they (can) walk up and give Pope Francis a high-five... that's probably not going to happen," Mayor Michael Nutter said.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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