Oct 16, 2019

John Lewis stops selling drones due to misuse fears

John Lewis says it stopped selling drones in May due to concerns they were being misused by the general public. "Following the Gatwick drone security breach in December 2018, we made the decision to stop selling drones at John Lewis & Partners this year," said John Lewis' buying director of electricals and home technology Laurence Mitchell. John Lewis previously stocked a range of drones, including several models by DJI, the world's biggest consumer drone maker, which were priced at between £1,000-£2,500. Paul Rigby, chief executive of Consortiq, a UK drones solutions firm, who advised the government on setting drone policy, said drone sales had fallen because there isn't that much for consumers to do with them. "Drones can bring many benefits but to achieve those we need everyone flying a drone to do so safely," CAA spokesperson Jonathan Nicholson told the BBC. "Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations. The rules for flying drones are designed to keep all airspace users safe."

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