The Federal Aviation Administration appeared unprepared to accommodate the flood of new drone owners during the holiday season after requiring that Americans register their drones before lift off.

The FAA shut down its registration page twice within two days after it launched last Monday because of high traffic.

The FAA said last week an “overwhelming number of people” successfully registered, but “a small number of users reported performance issues,” driving the site operators to temporarily suspend online registration for maintenance.

The agency received more than 45,000 applications during the first two days of registration.

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