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The inevitable happened…
Flights have resumed.
We continue to work with the Met Police on reports of drones at Heathrow. We are working with Air Traffic Control and the Met Police, and have resumed departures out of Heathrow after a short suspension. We will continue to monitor this and apologise to anyone that were affected.
— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) January 8, 20198 Jan 2019
There are reports that it was seen by the police.
I don’t think it’s terrorism-related (although presumably all of this must have alerted anyone with that mindset to the possibilities).
But if it’s someone protesting airport expansion, then it’s a very effective way of gaining attention (assuming they are then caught and there’s a trial etc…)9 Jan 2019
I was caught up in it. Everyone had just boarded when the captain announced that a drone had been spotted.
We then waited about an hour before pushing back and joining a fairly long queue for the runway.
Could have been a lot worse.
Very strange to be sat on the tarmac at Heathrow with NOTHING moving!9 Jan 2019
I may be alone in this but I think there has been a massive overreaction to these drone sightings. Its particularly hard for all but the highly trained to be able to judge if the drones are actually anywhere near the flight-paths and in any case they are so small and light that aside from some minor damage to the aircraft and the incredibly unlikely severe engine damage that could result IF it managed to ‘thread the needle’ & get in an intake… even then would not down an aircraft.
So due to these very very unlikely possibilities they cease flying & cause massive cost to many many airlines & passengers… Its ridiculous risk aversion in my mind. There has been only one confirmed minor drone aircraft strike that I am aware of in Canada in October 2017. Another possible/probable one in December 2018 in Mexico. No other airfields have been in the press for shutting for hours due to drone sightings. Why are we being so jumpy & overcautious?10 Jan 2019
I’m inclined to agree, but….
Unfortunately, for anyone wanting to cause a huge amount of disruption to an airport and 100,000s of the travelling public, they now know what to do.
No need anymore to chain temselves to machinery near a runway (London City) or block a tunnel on an approach road to Heathrow. Ineffective. Simply get hold of a drone of sufficient size, and fly it over the boundary fence.
For a terrorist, unable to get hold of ammunition (in the UK) and so restricted to knife attacks or driving a van at pedestrians, a drone must look like a remarakably good idea.
I hope I am never proved right on this (obviously).
But the 3-mile exclusion zone around ariports for drones is not practical in the case of all London airports. So….10 Jan 2019
My main concern about drones is that it is only a matter of time before one is used in a terrorist attack. Clearly minds more twisted and smarter than mine will have thought this through, so I am not giving out any ideas by saying that one could be used to drop a lethal substance onto a sports arena, for example.
I am not in favour of restricting personal freedoms until those freedoms negatively impact the right to a safe and peaceful environment for everybody, but I think that public and unlicensed use of drones steps over that boundary.
Has anyone yet been charged for the Gatwick drones, if they happened?12 Jan 2019
Has anyone yet been charged for the Gatwick drones, if they happened?
Equally to the point is their any physical evidence (even just a picture) of drones flying within the Gatwick and Heathrow perimeters? Surely either the police, airport authorities or even the army must have recorded something….12 Jan 2019
It has reached the heights of farce (dare I say French farce?) with the police apparently saying that some of the drones spotted may have been police drones. Maybe they should call in Inspector Clouseau.
If it weren’t so serious it would be laughable.12 Jan 2019