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Canada unveils tougher rules for drone operators


MONTREAL (AFP) – Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Wednesday unveiled tougher new regulations for drone operators, including a minimum age, required certification and a prohibition on flying under the influence.

His announcement comes after reports of drones near Britain’s Gatwick airport caused major travel disruptions over the Christmas holidays, and again on Tuesday at Heathrow.

Garneau said the government was working with security agencies and others ”to examine what kinds of countermeasures would be applicable” in the event of drones threatening commercial airliners in Canada.

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