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Inside Santa’s (Not So) Secret Partnership with the FAA and NORAD

Kris Kringle has a handle on aviation and aims to fly safely around the world to deliver presents. Here are some essential tips on how you can do the same!

Santa and the FAA want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season. You wouldn't want to disappoint Santa, would you?
Santa and the FAA want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season. You wouldn’t want to disappoint Santa, would you? Source: FAA

Play it Safe with Air Travel, Drones and Lasers

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Billy Nolen and Santa Claus have teamed up to encourage everyone to Play it Safe with air travel, drones and lasers. 

“Safety is the magic word during this most magical time of the year,” said Acting Administrator Nolen and Santa. “We appreciate everyone who makes air travel safe, and they will definitely be on the nice list. Don’t let unsafe behavior land you on both Santa’s and the FAA’s naughty list.” 

Here are some tips to keep air travel safe this holiday season and throughout the year:

  • Family Travel: Flying is the safest way for families to travel. Review the FAA’s top tips to learn how to keep little ones under the age of two safe when you fly. New this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation is urging U.S. airlines to do everything in their power to ensure that children aged 13 or younger are seated next to an accompanying adult with no additional charge. 
  • Lose the Laser: Aiming a laser at an aircraft on purpose is a serious safety hazard that puts everyone on the plane and on the ground below at risk. It is also a violation of federal law. All lasers, even holiday laser-light displays, aimed into the sky can temporarily blind pilots. Check out this video to learn more. 
  • Drone Safety: Many think of a drone as a toy, but it is really an aircraft. Check out this Tweet about three important steps all recreational drone flyers should complete before taking their first flight. Also, visit the FAA’s getting started webpage to understand drone rules better. Remember to obey all No Drone Zones, like around aircraft and airports. 
  • Be a Good Passenger: Remember to pack your patience! With crowded planes and possible delays, holiday travel can be challenging, but it always pays to stay cool under pressure. While one unruly passenger is one too many, the rate of such incidents has fallen dramatically by 80% in 2022, compared to record highs in early 2021. The FAA’s zero-tolerance policy remains in effect.

Don’t forget NORAD Tracks Santa!

That’s right. You don’t have to wonder whether Santa is on his way and having a smooth flight. You can track him directly and even chat with Radar to get updates!

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