The San Francisco Chronicle reported that TMZ, the celebrity news outlet, is one of many private organizations to along with federal agencies that have applied to the Federal Aviation Administration to operate drones in the U.S.
TMZ, however, disputes that report saying their company has never applied for a drone authorization. The FAA backed TMZ up releasing this statement:
“TMZ does not have FAA authorization to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), and we have no record that TMZ ever requested or inquired about an authorization.”
Celebrity media outlets in Europe have been known to use drones to take photos of celebrities outside the U.S. However, TMZ was staunch in its rebuke of taking part in such practices in the states.
TMZ points out that drones “are in fact, awesome” but the media outlet released a statement saying “TMZ is NOT getting in the DRONE business … we don’t have a drone … we don’t want a drone … we never applied for a drone … despite a bogus report to the contrary.”
So, it appears Brangelina and Tom Cruise can sleep soundly tonight and not have the same bad dreams an al Qaeda leader might have when they hear the light hum of a UAV hovering over their home.