FAA puts stop to drone delivery of flowers in Michigan

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

DETROIT - The Federal Aviation Administration is putting a stop to drone delivery of flowers, which had been being tested in Michigan.

Flower Delivery Express had intended to use drones to deliver free rose bouquets to a beta test group on Valentine's Day. They had already made one trial delivery last weekend to a home in West Bloomfield.

In an interview with Local 4 on Wednesday, CEO Wesley Berry had said, "It's the beginning for us."

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But just a day later, Berry issued a statement saying the FAA had informed his company that commercial drone use is only authorized on a case-by-case basis.

"Cupid's wings have been clipped," Berry said. "Unfortunately, we can no longer conduct testing of delivering flowers by drone. However, the good news is that this technology is here to stay. When the time is right, we'll be ready for orders to be delivered, not by an address, but by GPS coordinates. It's exciting to plan the future of the business based on this emerging technology."

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