Got a drone? You’ll have to register it with the US government

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The US Department of Transportation announced Monday that purchasers of drones will have to register the devices with the federal government as part of a new “national registry.”

The plan comes following several close calls with drones and passenger aircraft at airports nationwide and as firefighters have said they have had their aerial firefighting hindered because of drones being in the way. Hundreds of thousands of the small unmanned aircraft are expected to be sold in the coming weeks ahead of the holiday season.

“Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially with new users who have no experience operating in the US aviation system,” Anthony Foxx, the transportation secretary, said. “It will help protect public safety in the air and on the ground.”

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