The federal government, which owns and operates a swarm of drones that kill, says it is illegal for private companies to use unmanned craft for humanitarian missions such as delivering beer to thirsty fishermen.
The New York Daily News has the scoop: A small beer company used a six-propeller drone to ferry a 12-pack of beer to a group of employees who were ice fishing in Wisconsin. The company then put a video of the aerial awesomeness on YouTube to stir up some viral advertising.
It worked. I, like probably most of the video’s 333,000 viewers, had never heard of Minnesota-based Lakemaid Beer until they violated federal law.
I’m sure if Budweiser or a company that can afford a Super Bowl ad or a U.S. Senator had done such a thing, there would have been an exemption or merely a warning, but Lakemaid President Jack Supple said he is now on the “FAA blacklist,” whatever that means.
Supple, who said he knew the drone delivery was illegal, is hopefully a better brewer than lawyer.
The FAA “said I would be in violation of some code, I can’t remember what the number was,” Supple told The Daily News. “They sent me 74 pages all about the code.”
They probably used a fax machine.
As most of you know, drones and robot spouses are the future. Amazon and FedEx have plans to use drones for delivery, and in other countries with fewer capitalism-killing laws it’s already happening. In China and Germany, drones are used to deliver packages. But here in the U.S., we have to wait on the federal government to decide something is safe.
If the FAA decides to legalize drone deliveries, we can all eat warm pizza the next time we sleep in our cars on Atlanta’s frozen interstates.
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