Company flies aerial banners despite Hawaii law

HONOLULU (AP) – An aerial advertising company says it will continue to fly banners over Hawaii skies despite a ban in state law and local ordinances.

An attorney for Aerial Banners North says the company has done nothing illegal. Michael McAllister says Aerial Banners North has a Federal Aviation Administration permit and federal law is supreme over state law or local ordinances. KHON-TV reports that aerial advertising has been outlawed by Hawaii law since 2005.

An Aerial Banners North airplane on Memorial Day flew with an American flag and over the weekend was spotted trailing a banner for its website over Kailua, East Oahu and the North Shore.

Marti Townsend of the environmental group Outdoor Circle says the organization received dozens of complaints and will take steps to stop aerial advertising.


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