McDonald Proft, the chief executive of Metairie, La., said Metairie has four alternative routes and one potential overpass would provide the closest between Denham Springs and McDaniel. Four other communities would be considered. (Chris Jones/The Advocate)

More than 4,000 people have applied to fly United Parcel Service’s drones in St. Bernard Parish.

That’s the number of applications from schools, public authorities and homes on four Louisiana routes for FedEx, UPS, Cargill and Amazon to operate drones, according to a city newsletter. Metairie officials have publicly announced they plan to use drones for transportation of parcels.

The application forms include a clause prohibiting residents on those routes from shooting the drones while they’re flying and as a precaution, from flying in three or more miles, from the current distance of 7 nautical miles eastward from their home, according to St. Bernard Parish data on unmanned aircraft.

“Amazon’s first order will be built drones for Prime Air,” according to the document.

USPS spokesman Stacy Biggert has said Metairie is the last bidder on a contract to offer aerial deliveries. Biggert declined to comment Monday on the amount of applicants and proposed routes.

“Given the many under-used service delivery routes in our city, we’re prepared to work with all applicants and also evaluate the over-the-road and under-the-road opportunities that will be available to our city,” Biggert said in an email Sunday.

City Hall has not set a timeline for the city to start accepting applications. City Attorney Alyq Campbell will select a small number of applicants, then the process will move to the more limited applications, Campbell said. Those interested in dropping off their applications at the city’s waste-treatment facility, 219 Beech Place, can do so from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Interested residents need to provide initial and additional documentation that demonstrates they live or work in Metairie and purchase or lease a home on the Ocheyedan Street median. It’s up to applicants to submit more detailed information if needed. Residents cannot rent, sell or dispose of the drone unless they are at least 21 years old.

Applications are due no later than Oct. 9, but there’s a deadline of Friday, Sept. 28.

More than 100 people have applied to fly United Parcel Service’s drones in the St. Bernard Parish, according to its website. That’s the number of applications from schools, public authorities and homes on four Louisiana routes for FedEx, UPS, Cargill and Amazon to operate drones, according to a city newsletter. Metairie officials have publicly announced they plan to use drones for transportation of parcels.

The application forms include a clause prohibiting residents on those routes from shooting the drones while they’re flying and as a precaution, from flying in three or more miles, from the current distance of 7 nautical miles eastward from their home, according to St. Bernard Parish data on unmanned aircraft.

“Amazon’s first order will be built drones for Prime Air,” according to the document.

USPS spokesman Stacy Biggert has said Metairie is the last bidder on a contract to offer aerial deliveries. Biggert declined to comment Monday on the amount of applicants and proposed routes.

USPS spokesman Stacy Biggert has said Metairie is the last bidder on a contract to offer aerial deliveries. Biggert declined to comment Monday on the amount of applicants and proposed routes.