Will delivery drones be a thing? A fight for LA’s skies is brewing

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“If you think of the number of people, post-COVID, who are getting deliveries on a daily basis, many of those deliveries could be accomplished with a drone, small packages, right under five pounds. I expect that number will be much more than 100,000 flights a day,” says Gregory McNeal, a law professor at Pepperdine University. Photo by Shutterstock.

Some of the world’s largest corporations like Amazon, Walmart, Google, and UPS are all looking into using drones to deliver small packages. The Federal Aviation Administration is granting approvals right and left for growing these types of operations. However, there are questions of privacy and surveillance if thousands of drones are allowed to take up LA’s skies to take pictures and gather data. Could local control start regulating the skies for Angelenos?