The European Commission has launched a fresh bid to get rules on drones in place by issuing estimates that in 2016 alone there were more than 1,200 safety ‘occurrences’ in the use of drones including near misses between drones and commercial aircraft. The Commission had proposed legislation in December 2015 but there has been little progress in the Council and the European Parliament on adopting the rules. In the absence of progress the Commission is going ahead within the SESAR programme, a programme to develop next generation air traffic management, to establish means to ‘geo-fence’ airports and critical air space. Geo-fencing can automatically prevent drones from flying into restricted zones.