San Francisco considers aerial ad ban

AP News
Posted: Jul 22, 2013 9:28 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Planes with advertising banners may become a thing of the past in the sky above San Francisco.

City supervisors are considering an ordinance that would ban aerial advertising above the city.

It comes after residents complained about noise from planes carrying advertising banners, particularly those around the ballpark where the Giants play. Some say the noise is like having a migraine headache.

But legal experts say a ban might violate free speech rights. The Federal Aviation Administration may also object.

At its meeting Monday, a Board of Supervisors committee put off considering the ordinance until next week to vet any legal complication.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( that Honolulu has an aerial advertising ban, but other cities that have pursued the restriction have run into trouble.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,