Drones Given Okay on Border

Drones Given Okay on Border
Friday, May 14, 2010 - 6:43pm

U.S./Mexico border - Unarmed, unmanned surveillance drones may be flying over the border in West Texas and New Mexico as soon as June 1.

The Federal Aviation Administration has given permission for the drone to patrol the border, beaming real-time surveillance video of the border to operators and federal authorities.

Vincent Perez, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, said the El Paso Democrat was told of the decision Friday.

Perez said a request to launch drones along the rest of the Texas border is pending with the FAA. Drones are already used to help patrol the border in Arizona.

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