I warned airports about drones. Now Gatwick shows they must take action | Simon Moores

I warned airports about drones. Now Gatwick shows they must take action | Simon Moores
The chaos at the UK’s second-busiest airport was foreseeable. But the right measures will counter this drone threat

“I have a drone on my airfield” – a statement that welcomes passengers to the latest dimension in air-travel disruption. Words of despair from the chief operating officer of Gatwick airport in the busiest travel week of the year.

Elsewhere, many thousands of stranded and inconvenienced passengers turned in frustration to social media in an expression of crowd-sourced outrage. How could this happen? Why is it still happening over 12 hours after Gatwick’s runways were closed to aircraft, why is an intruder drone – or even two of them – suspended in the bright blue sky above the airport, apparently visible to security staff and police who remain quite unable to locate its source of radio control?

Related: Gatwick flights remain suspended as drones reappear over runway

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Source: Guardian Transport

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