Washington, Dec. 25 (Reuters): The US has imposed a temporary flight ban over the Statue of Liberty and midtown Manhattan on New Year’s Eve due to possible security risks ahead of high-profile festivities.
The Federal Aviation Administration also issued flight restrictions along the Rose Parade route in Pasadena, California, at the state’s request, as a security precaution at the event expected to draw thousands of people.
“The flight restrictions are in effect for security reasons,” said FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown, adding the Rose Parade has had such limits for several years. She said between 4 am and 4 pm on New Year’s eve, pilots will be prohibited from flying below 1,500 feet within a 1.6 km radius of the Statue of Liberty.
During the same time period, flights below 2,000 feet are also banned over the breadth of Manhattan Island between 23rd street and 96th street — a section slightly larger than Central Park — at the request of New York City Police Department, Brown said.
In Pasadena, the FAA has banned flights below 3,000 feet along the Rose Parade route for much of New Year’s Day morning, with further restrictions when a military fly-by is scheduled. The FAA imposed dozens of no-fly zones across the US after the September 11 terrorist strike.
hijacked airline attacks that killed more than 3,000 people in New York and Washington last year. Only a few still remain in effect.