"Gatwick airport, the UK’s second largest airport, was closed for most of
Wednesday night and through Thursday afternoon after it received
reports of two drones flying nearby, reports The Guardian.
The airport initially had its flights suspended at 9PM on Wednesday
evening after the drones were spotted, and although it briefly reopened
at 3am, it was forced to close once more 45 minutes later after the
drone flights resumed. As of 1PM, Thursday afternoon, flights to and from the airport remained suspended."
So I guess it's gonna take some harsh penalties before idiots stop doing this.
UPDATE! There may not have even been a drone!
"The Guardian reports
that police released and exonerated a couple who had been detained as
suspects, while a senior police spokesperson said that there is 'always a
possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in
the first place.'”
"The drone activity that disrupted pre-Christmas flights in and out of
London’s Gatwick airport for 33 hours cost airlines an estimated £50
million ($64.5 million)."