A camera drone flies in New York City, March 12, 2014
Mike Segar—Reuters
By Sabrina Toppa
March 13, 2015

Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) has declared the music festival a “drone-free zone,” following concerns about public safety and airwave congestion.

“SXSW has a strict no drones policy due to the safety risks drones present to the public, and pursuant to City of Austin Ordinance, Chapter 13-1,” read a press statement issued by the festival, which runs until Mar. 22.

The primary concern for SXSW seems to be airwave interference from the remote control’s frequency spectrums, which may interrupt musical performances. However, organizers say they may allow some drones in trade areas, provided proper safety protocols are followed.

Texas maintains comprehensive legislation governing drone surveillance, under the Texas Privacy Act.

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