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FAA pressed to allow civilian drone flights in the US

Potential uses raise privacy, safety fears

WASHINGTON - Civilian cousins of the military drones that have tracked and killed terrorists abroad are in demand by United States police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations, and others wanting a bird’s-eye view that is too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

Along with the enthusiasm for the unmanned aircraft, though, there are qualms. Drones overhead could invade people’s privacy. The government worries they could collide with passenger planes or crash, concerns that have slowed more widespread adoption of the technology.

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