By Katie Svrluga The Globe and Mail Staff Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced on Tuesday that the state will still ban flights to and from the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks.
He also announced that Massachusetts would extend a statewide ban on high-visibility outdoor advertising and allow residents to keep their cars at home.
In a letter to the public sent through the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Walsh also announced new measures to combat terrorism.
He said Massachusetts will ban the use of drones for aerial surveillance, require drivers to wear seat belts and require passengers to stay at least two hours away from crowds of people.
The Massachusetts Transportation Department said that it has already implemented some of those measures and that the new rules will likely be put into effect by the end of the month.
In its letter, Walsh said he is pleased that Massachusetts has now acted as a model for the nation, citing the experience of states that have also banned the use or sale of high-profile high-tech items such as drones.
“The United States is a nation of innovators, and our citizens are not immune to the threats of terrorism,” he wrote.
“I am grateful for the support that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has given to our efforts to combat this threat.
But the greatest threat to our safety and security today is the use and proliferation of highly sophisticated technology, which threatens the way we live, work, and interact with each other.”
Charlie Baker has called for a nationwide ban on all high-definition video and photography.