Chaos at Gatwick Airport

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  • The Fall Guy
    The Fall Guy

    Brilliant, Amelia. That's how to live life - just go for it!

    On the subject of the Gatwick drones, I heard the owner of an anti-drone security company speaking on Radio 4's Today programme this morning.

    He made it sound quite sinister by saying that these drones could have been pre-programmed to do what they did, rather than being manually controlled by individuals. He effectively revealed that commercial security companies do not have the technology yet to combat such situations. Holland uses a golden eagle to bring down drones.

  • zeb

    Given all the above it puzzled me; doesnt anyone there have a rifle?

    AA where is this place Feuter whatever you have moved to? I wish ye every happiness in the new home.

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    They now have a male and a female helping the Police with their enquiries.

    Originally they said "a rifle could accidentally hit Doris walking her dog 2 miles away" but then they did get a sniper in so who knows.

  • Simon

    Sounds like they used Israeli technology to block / seize control of the drones and they also have a couple in custody, a 47 and 57 year old man and women - not kids messing about.

  • waton

    A man and woman arrested in connection with drone sightings that grounded flights at Gatwick Airport have been released without charge. quoted from BBC:.

    found a busted drone, still looking for the real culprit[s].

    mea culpa: Was stopped once from flying a remote controlled unit in the sea breeze over a beach under the glide/approach path of a regional airport. (not St Marten) ha ha. Annoyed pilots must have complained to the authorities. ---here is that other beach:

    who needs drones? when you can knock ' em down with a stick.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    i think its going to be a perfect black mail opportunity.

    a phone call to a national tv company saying a drone will be launched into a major airport--tomorrow--unless the government coughs up a million. not a lot. the gov would have to pay.

    no need to threaten to kill anyone--just major disruption.

    then--rinse and repeat. again and again.

  • Simon

    Well this is ridiculous. The couple they arrested who's faces the press splattered all over the newspapers have been released because it's pretty obvious that it wasn't them and the keystone cops just found the first person in the vicinity that had done some reviews of drones and was an enthusiast. No. Evidence. Whatsoever.

    Get this - now they aren't even sure that there ever were any drones!

    They have no footage to go off and don't seem to know who had even seen them.

    They are putting a reward up for anyone with information on who caused all this disruption. Hello? Is that the police? You want to know who caused all the disruption? IT WAS YOU, YOU MUPPETS!

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    The whole situation has made UK a laughing stock. Arresting an innocent couple whose innocence could have been proved with one phone call that the Police never bothered making.

    Keeping them locked up long enough for the media circus to plaster their faces over the front pages of their nasty little rags also seems deliberate.

    Now there may not have been any drones in the first place? So what was there if there was anything at all?

    Any less cynical than me might suspect it was orchestrated as a distraction from the shambles that is Brexit.

  • shepherdless

    I own a couple of DJI Phantom drones. (No, it wasn’t me.) They fly for about 25 mins, and I have an aftermarket kit that gives me a range of about 5 km.

    I remember when I got my first one, there was nothing in the drone preventing me from flying over an airport. However, there is a GPS system in them, and there were software updates a few years ago that added a restriction of flying in restricted airspace.

    At one point (and I suspect it was because ISIS started using drones as mini bombers in Syria), DJI sent out some software signal that prevented a takeoff unless the machine had the next software update. For me, it came without warning, when I turned one on, trying to use it in a remote location with no phone signal. (I was pretty furious.)

    The point is, the only way you could fly a drone over an airport these days would be to hack into and modify the software of a drone. I am no expert, but I think that would be way beyond the ability of most drone users.

  • smiddy3

    Maybe the couple who were falsely arrested could sue the Airport .Police ,Newspapers and the media for damages plastering their photo`s for all the world to see.

    Causing them embarrassment and humiliation and slandering their good name or whatever else a good lawyer can come up with .

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