The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions stating that only aircraft working in support of the Department of Defense will be allowed to fly in the area. The release states that the ban is for security reasons.
Area 51 has long been thought to be home to aliens and their technology, a belief that is spurred by the secrecy surrounding the area within the Nevada Test and Training Range. Alienstock in Rachel and Area 51 Basecamp in Hiko were spawned from a Facebook joke calling on people to storm Area 51.
The restrictions cover an area in Lincoln County where the two planned events are taking place and one in Nye County, near where two Dutch YouTubers last week breached the gates of the test and training site, leading to their arrest.
Flight restrictions will be in place from Wednesday through Monday and include the use of drones.
The Area 51 Basecamp event, taking place Friday and Saturday in Hiko, issued a warning to media that drones were not allowed to be flown.
The only nonmilitary aircraft that will be allowed to fly in the area are law enforcement or emergency personnel, with coordination with Nellis Air Force Base air traffic control prior to entry to the restricted zone.
A Mercy Air medical helicopter will be stationed just outside Hiko in case someone needs immediate life-saving care, according to Lincoln County Emergency Manager Eric Holt.