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Look, up in the sky: It’s a bird, it’s a plane; it’s ... pizza?

If restaurants used drones to deliver food, would customers want the service?

According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Restaurant Industry Forecast, more than a quarter of consumers say they’d like to try it.

Back in 2013, Domino’s in the United Kingdom teamed up with a British ad agency to test the “Domicopter,” a drone that delivered two large pepperoni pizzas to a city outside London. As part of that PR stunt, the pizzas arrived in insulated bags ‑ in perfect condition – and only took about 10 minutes to get there.

Domino’s says it’s not planning drone deliveries any time soon. Plus, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t yet issued regulations regarding commercial drone use.

For now, customers should count on traditional delivery methods, but the idea of drone deliveries is still flying high. Retailers Amazon and WalMart are exploring the option, as is Google.

Once the FAA’s rules are in place and air-control issues are settled, it is estimated drones could become a $90 billion industry by 2025, according to published reports.

Download the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Restaurant Industry Forecast here.

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