FAA rules state a drone must be flown within 10 feet of the person flying it, and it must not have a visual display or be moving in a controlled manner.
But a new lawsuit says the FAA’s rules don’t always apply, and that a drone can fly into a building without anyone seeing it.
And the suit also says a drone cannot be flying from a parked car without people inside the vehicle seeing it, because that would violate the Federal Aviation Act.CBS News reached out to the FAA and the Federal Communications Commission, but neither agency could immediately confirm the suit.
The lawsuit, filed in California, was filed on behalf of a man named Kevin Wachter, who was driving his car from a gas station in San Diego to his job in New York.
It alleges the FAA issued rules that prevent drones from flying in residential areas, and limit them to 30 feet away from a house.
The FAA did not respond to CBS News’ request for comment.
The FAA rules also say that a vehicle can only be operated within 30 feet of a vehicle parked at the intersection of two highways.
It’s unclear if this applies to the lawsuit.