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Flying model airplanes could be outlawed in Albany

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Roger Marietta, City Commissioner, at Tuesday's meeting Roger Marietta, City Commissioner, at Tuesday's meeting
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Flying a model airplane within Albany's city limits could soon be outlawed because of privacy concerns.

Tuesday, City Commissioner Roger Marietta proposed an ordinance to ban the aircraft because of their ability to take photographs from above. He said you can buy a remote controlled helicopter with cameras for about $400 and use it to spy on your neighbors.

Now, commissioners are considering designating specific areas for the airplanes or keeping them out of the city entirely.

"There's no reason why Albany couldn't have a designated area somewhere on the outskirts of the city that was big enough and not near residential neighborhoods to be a perfectly appropriate area to fly model airplanes," said Roger Marietta, City Commissioner.

Marietta said the city attorney is drafting an ordinance that commissioners will discuss next month.

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