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Old 20th December 2018, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default 20 Dec 2018: Drones at LGW force flight suspensions

All flights suspended at LGW because of drones sighted in the morning UK time. Lots of travel disrupted.

Not good, but it was probably a matter of time before something like this happened.

https://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-eng...ussex-46564814
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Old 21st December 2018, 03:01 AM   #2
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They are still there! The military have been called in to sort it out.
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Old 21st December 2018, 11:26 AM   #3
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Not good, but it was probably a matter of time before something like this happened.
You are right, it was bound to happen eventually - economic terrorism, days before Christmas.

The shadow transport secretary was blaming the government.....because exclusion zones of something like 1km should be, according to him, I think 5-6km.

That was one of the more stupid things I've heard about the incident. The size of an exclusion zone isn't itself an issue when a criminal will work in criminal ways.... I mean, despite guns being totally outlawed, it doesn't stop criminals shooting people.

A more technical way needs to be found/used and I am pretty sure the army will have something that might work. Like mobile phone blockers, there should/might be a way to block radio frequencies to the drone? The problem would be knowing where to block. Short of a full EMP I'm not sure how to block signals around an airspace the size of Gatwick.

Hopefully airlines can shift aircraft and passengers to other airport - I think RyanAir shifted their already.
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Old 22nd December 2018, 06:31 PM   #4
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Glad to hear of two arrests. Very interested in why they did what they did (Assuming the arrested were the perpetrators.).

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46657505

Update (23 Dec): The couple arrested have been released without charge. They are no longer suspects...

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46665615

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...-gatwick-media

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