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A user on the social media site Reddit recently started a wide-ranging conversation with the question, “”
The discussion thread received more than 12,000 comments, including advice helpful for U.S. visitors, and even more users rated it as an interesting conversation.
Following are some answers even folks living in America might find interesting — along with context and official sources the original users generally did not supply.
1. Fly a drone in Washington, D.C.
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In general, flying a drone in controlled airspace — such as anywhere near an airport — requires official approval through a process called Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). That process is in place for more than 700 U.S. airports, but Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is not one of them.
“The airspace around Washington, D.C., is more restricted than in any other part of the country,” and has been since the 9/11 attacks, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Without special permission, you’re not allowed to fly anywhere within 15 miles of the airport — a radius that covers the entirety of the nation’s capital.
Violators could face “arrest, a $300 fine, and/or 90 days imprisonment and may also face additional federal civil and criminal penalties,” according to U.S. Capitol Police.
2. Open someone else’s mail
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Opening mail that belongs to anyone else could be considered one of a few different federal crimes, including:
- Obstruction of mails generally: “Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”
- Obstruction of correspondence: “Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was directed, with design to obstruct the correspondence, or to pry into the business or secrets of another, or opens, secretes, embezzles, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
- Theft or receipt of stolen mail matter generally: “Whoever steals, takes, or abstracts, or by fraud or deception obtains, or attempts so to obtain, from or out of any mail, post office, or station thereof, letter box, mail receptacle, …….