(Bloomberg) – CNN received a waiver allowing routinedrone flights above crowds, a milestone for the industry seekinggreater use of the remote-controlled devices for everything frominsurance inspections to covering news.

Flights over people

The approval is the first time the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration hasgranted a waiver for unlimited flights over people, the newsnetwork said in an emailed statement. The standards usedin the application can be applied to other applicants, potentiallyopening vast new uses by the media and other industries forso-called unmanned aerial systems, or UAS.

"This waiver signifies a critical step forward not only forCNN's UAS operations, but also the commercial UAS industry atlarge," said David Vigilante, senior vice president of legal forCNN.

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