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December 8, 2013
Minot Daily News

DELIVERY BY DRONES? - Amazon boss Jeff Bezos announced this past week that his company has big plans when it comes to delivering products to consumers. Bezos said Amazon is working on a system of making deliveries by drones, something the company calls "Prime Air."?Bezos said the plan still has more safety testing to do and would need FAA approval, but he believes the system could be operational in four five years. It all sounds so easy:?A drone resembling a tarantula would pick up packages at Amazon's centers and fly the merchandise to customers 30 minutes after they bought something online. But there are obviously a great many issues to consider. Would the FAA?ever approve such a system? What about privacy issues? What happens if a drone drops a package on someone's roof or literally on someone? What if a drone crashes into your home? Is there room in the skies for all sorts of delivery drones, bringing pizza, Amazon packages and other products to our doors? We understand the appeal for businesses of such a program, but we're wary very wary.



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