Air Transportation

Getting a handle on drones

Getting a handle on drones

No one knows for certain what will happen if an errant drone crashes into a passenger jet. Maybe nothing — birds collide with planes all the time with little consequence. But not always. From time to time, a little bird causes big damage to an airplane.

Who wants to find out for sure? Better to keep drones and planes well out of each other's way. One important step is for Congress to pass the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that's working its way through the Senate this month. Among many other things,...