FNC’s Melugin: New FAA Rule Keeps Us from Filming Del Rio Situation with Drone, We’ve Used It at Border for Seven Months Without Issue

(See updates below)

On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox News National Correspondent Bill Melugin reported that the FAA has imposed a temporary flight restriction for the area around the bridge where thousands of migrants are congregating near Del Rio, TX, and as a result, Fox can’t use its drone to capture aerial footage of the situation around the bridge. Melugin also said they’ve used the drone around the border for seven months and it hasn’t been a problem until now.

Melugin said, “We’ve been using our drone to show everybody these remarkable pictures. … We just learned that the FAA has put out a temporary flight restriction, a TFR, in the area immediately around the port of entry where that bridge is. What does that mean? It means our drone can no longer fly and show those images. It’s a two-week TFR, and according to the FAA, it’s for special security reasons. We’ve reached out to the FAA to get a little clarification on what the heck that means. The timing on this, the location, a little bit curious. 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.”

UPDATE: Melugin tweeted that the FAA issued a statement, “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.”

UPDATE #2: On Friday, Melugin reported that Fox’s drone was given clearance to fly again after it submitted a waiver to the FAA.

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