Heathrow drone protest 13 Sept

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  • mkcol74
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    Has anyone heard any further info on this protest designed to shut Heathrow down on Friday, perhaps longer?


    mkcol74
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    Another story about it from the Guardian but nothing substantially different or new.


    capetonianm
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    MartynSinclair
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    As Linda Davidson has made a public statement of her intentions, why can’t the police get involved before she and her group, bring Heathrow into chaos. It’s a bit like someone saying, “no worries, my loaded gun will be pointed to the ground when I bring it out of my holster in central London”.

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    FrequentTraveller
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    Recent articles from Sky News and the Independent imply they are going to try to keep the airport open.

    https://news.sky.com/story/heathrow-airport-working-to-stay-open-during-drone-protest-on-climate-change-11806438

    https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/heathrow-drone-protest-pause-climate-change-airport-extinction-rebellion-nats-a9101346.html

    The article comment mentioning that people have had six weeks notice to make alternative travel arrangements, doesn’t wash with passengers who made bookings months ago on restricted tickets. As of yesterday British Airways wasn’t allowing free ticket changes to be made just because of this protest. Another reason to think they will be attempting to keep the airport open. Unfortunately, we are probably not going to know the reality until it actually happens.


    FrequentTraveller
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    An update on Sky News, much of a repeat of previous comments. But more strongly indicating they will be working to keep the airport open.

    https://news.sky.com/story/fly-drones-at-heathrow-and-you-could-face-life-in-jail-protesters-warned-11807445

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    MartynSinclair
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    https://news.sky.com/story/two-extinction-rebellion-activists-preemptively-arrested-at-heathrow-11807855

    2 arrested a day early.

    “Linda Davidsen, from the Heathrow Pause group, said: “The idea is that we start the action… before any flights take off because we will not fly the drones when there is a flight already up in the air.

    “We tell the authorities an hour before we take the action and then, once we have flown the drone, we call the police.”

    The group said it wouldn’t fly the drones higher than head height.”


    capetonianm
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    https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/12/heathrow-third-runway-activists-arrested-before-drone-protest

    At least five activists from a group planning to use drones to disrupt flights in and out of Heathrow airport have been pre-emptively arrested.

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    alainboy56
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    I do hope armed police shoot down the first drone and then lower their guns at the imbeciles who flew it!
    If only UK Police would show some intent to sort out these idiots, and as for Ms Linda Davidson … throw her in Prison for 6 months, she might not be so keen next time to disrupt so many travelers.

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    capetonianm
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    I wonder if these halfwits realise that by disrupting air traffic they will cause diversions and aircraft being put into holding patterns and so on which will all increase carbon emissions and fuel consumption. there is likely to be increased road traffic in the area if there’s any flight disruption.

    There is potential danger and inconvenience to all concerned, and waste of police and public resources.

    I’m watching them interviewing one of these cretins (Sarah Mintram) on Sky News right now.

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    alainboy56
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    I see a recording of a live stream on the ‘Evening Standard’ website and the narrator is clearly a german speaker.
    Can he not mind his own business and go and fly his toys in Europe somewhere (Germany/Switzerland/Austria)!!!


    mkcol74
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    If only UK Police would show some intent to sort out these idiots,

    @alainboy56 Which part of all the arrests that have happened don’t show intent?


    GivingupBA
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    I wonder if these halfwits realise that by disrupting air traffic they will cause diversions and aircraft being put into holding patterns and so on which will all increase carbon emissions and fuel consumption. there is likely to be increased road traffic in the area if there’s any flight disruption.

    There is potential danger and inconvenience to all concerned, and waste of police and public resources.

    Two very good points – thanks.

    (But I’d better not watch the Sarah Mintram interview – bad for my blood pressure)

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    GivingupBA
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    For anyone interested – here is a video, from their twitter account, of the Heathrow Pause drones in action:

    I hope they go away soon


    alainboy56
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    This reply has been reported for inappropriate content.

    @mkco74 — well what I really meant was being brutal with them, taking a batten to them, breaking a few arms, and smashing up their toys — ooh sorry I was day-dreaming for a second there. Apologies, anyway I am sure that PC Plod with his notebook is a formidable foe.
    On a serious note, as this comes under security measures of a national interest, could they not use the army to patrol the perimeter areas with a few Saracens or Humvees? PC Plod is not the brightest fairy light on the Christmas Tree.

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