Tens of thousands of passengers stranded by Gatwick airport drones
About 800 flights affecting 110,000 people cancelled as military called in to help hunt for perpetrator
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An unknown drone operator stranded tens of thousands of passengers and created chaos at Gatwick on Thursday as the airport endured a 24-hour shutdown that brought demands for new aviation regulations to tackle the threat.
Amid disbelief that the drone incident could be enough to bring one of the UK’s key airports to a standstill, the military was called in to aid in the hunt for the perpetrator or perpetrators – who eluded a search conducted by 20 units from two police forces in the surrounding area. Meanwhile, an emergency Whitehall meeting was called to decide on a response to the ongoing crisis.
Source: Guardian Transport