Drones banned during pope’s U.S. visit

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NEW YORK  — If you’re going to see the pope, leave your drones at home.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement Tuesday reminding Papal visitors and residents that drones would not be permitted anywhere in the cities of Washington, New York or Philadelphia during the pope’s visit.

The ban also extends to surrounding communities.

“Anyone flying a drone within the designated restricted areas may be subject to civil and criminal charges,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

The FAA said flying a drone “anywhere Pope Francis will visit is against the law.”

The ban extends to all unmanned aircraft, including radio-controlled model aircraft, and is in effect during the pope’s visit from Sept. 22-27.

Prior to this ban, drones were banned only in Philadelphia under a ban issued in mid-August.

Pope Francis’ whirlwind tour through Cuba and the United States begins Saturday, September 19. Here’s a look at where the pope will be during his trip, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis’ schedule for U.S., Cuba

All times Mountain

Saturday, Sept. 19

8:15 a.m.: Leaves Rome for Havana, Cuba.

2 p.m.: Arrives at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.

2:05 p.m.: Welcoming ceremony.

Sunday, Sept. 20

7 a.m.: Mass at the Revolution Square in Havana.

2 p.m.: Meets with government officials at Palace of the Revolution.

3:15 p.m.: Celebrations of vespers with priests and seminarians at the Havana Cathedral.

4:30 p.m.: Greetings to youth at Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela.

Monday, Sept. 21

6 a.m.: Leaves Havana for Holguin, Cuba.

7:20 a.m.: Arrives at Frank País International Airport.

8:30 a.m.: Holy Mass at Revolution Plaza.

1:45 p.m.: Blessing of the city from the Loma de La Cruz.

2:40 p.m.: Flies to Santiago, Cuba.

3:30 p.m.: Arrives at Antonio Maceo International Airport in Santiago.

5 p.m.: Meets with bishops at St. Basil the Great Seminary.

5:45 p.m.: Prayer to Our Lady of Charity with the bishops and papal entourage at the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity del Cobre.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

6 a.m.: Mass at the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity del Cobre.

9 a.m.: Meets with families at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago.

10:15 a.m.: Farewell ceremony at the airport.

10:30 a.m: Leaves for Washington, D.C.

2 p.m.: Arrives at Andrews Air Force Base and attends welcoming ceremony.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

7:15 a.m.: Welcoming ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House.

9:30 a.m.: Meets with bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.

2:15 p.m.: Mass and canonization of Junipero Serra at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Thursday, Sept. 24

7:20 a.m.: Address to Congress.

9:15 a.m.: Visits Charitable Center of St. Patrick Catholic Church and meets with the homeless.

2 p.m.: Leaves for New York.

3 p.m.: Arrives at JFK Airport in New York.

4:45 p.m.: Evening prayers at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Friday, Sept. 25

6:30 a.m.: Address to the U.N. General Assembly.

9:30 a.m.: Visits ground zero memorial.

2 p.m.: Visits Our Lady Queen of the Angels school and meets with families of migrants in Harlem.

4 p.m.: Mass at Madison Square Garden.

Saturday, Sept. 26

6:40 a.m.: Leaves for Philadelphia.

7:30 a.m.: Arrives at Philadelphia International Airport.

8:30 a.m.: Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

2:45 p.m.: Meeting for religious freedom on Independence Mall.

5:30 p.m.: Festival of Families at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Sunday, Sept. 27

7:15 a.m.: Meeting with bishops at the World Meeting of Families.

9 a.m.: Visits inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

2 p.m.: Closing Mass at World Meeting of Families.

5 p.m.: Visits with organizers of the World Meeting of Families at Philadelphia International Airport.

5:45 p.m.: Farewell ceremony.

6 p.m.: Leaves for Rome.

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