FAA Grounds Drones, Flights Where Over 10k Migrants Seek Shelter After Fox News Releases Drone Footage

FAA Grounds Drones, Flights Where Over 10k Migrants Seek Shelter After Fox News Releases Drone Footage

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instituted a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) on Thursday over the southern border city of Del Rio. Fox News had been flying drones over the area in order to capture images of the thousands of migrants posting up under a bridge for shelter.

Conveniently, sarcasm intended, the two-week TFR now prevents Fox News from operating the drone used for accurate reporting on the migrants waiting to be picked up by Border Patrol. The FAA stated on their website that the restriction was put in place for “Special Security Reasons” but did not offer any details.

The FAA released a statement saying, “the Border Patrol requested the temporary flight restriction due to drones interfering with law enforcement flights on the border. As with any temporary flight restriction, media is able to call the FAA to make requests to operate in the area.”

Fox News’ Los Angeles reporter Bill Melugin tweeted Thursday evening, “NEW: We’ve learned that the FAA just implemented a two week TFR (Temporary Flight Restrictions) over the international bridge in Del Rio, TX, meaning we can no longer fly our FOX drone over it to show images of the thousands of migrants. FAA says, ‘special security reason.”

Melugin posted drone photos and maps of the area alongside the Twitter announcement, and told host Tucker Carlson he found the TFR to be “a little bit curious.” Specifically, Melugin said, “I just want to point out, Fox News has been at the border for the better part of seven months now. We’ve been using the drone the entire time. It’s never been an issue. All of a sudden, the last 24 hours, we start showing these images at this bridge and a TFR goes up,. We can no longer fly.”

Also on Thursday night, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) visited the bridge and Tweeted a video of the scene: “I am on the ground in Del Rio, Texas tonight. As of this moment, there are 10,503 illegal aliens under the Del Rio International Bridge. This manmade disaster was caused by Joe Biden. #BidenBorderCrisis.”


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