Drones Ground Flights at Gatwick Airport in ‘Deliberate Act’ of Disruption

BBC News:

Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK’s busiest airports. Gatwick’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying over the airfield.

Sussex Police said it was not terror-related but a “deliberate act” of disruption, using “industrial specification” drones. About 110,000 passengers on 760 flights were due to fly on Thursday. Disruption could last “several days”.

Drones are super cool, and it’s amazing what footage talented drone operators can capture. But I keep wondering how long they can remain legal. This massive travel disruption at Gatwick is bad enough — I can only imagine how furious the passengers are whose flights have been grounded by this stunt.

But how long until someone like this uses a drone to commit violence?

Update: I had forgotten about this story from August: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro survived an assassination attempt by drones rigged with explosives.

Thursday, 20 December 2018