Alleged sighting of annoying flying gizmo torments second UK air travel nerve-centerLondon Heathrow Airport temporarily halted departing flights this evening after a drone was apparently spotted hovering in the area.Staff hit up the capital's Met Police to help probe the alleged sighting, according to a short statement issued on Twitter at 0947 PST (1747 UTC)...We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety.— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) January 8, 2019As the UK and Europe's busiest airport, and the planet's second busiest, any disruptions to flights will have noticeable knock-on effects for the rest of the world's air travel.
Just a few weeks after London's Gatwick Airport was shut down by repeated drone sightings within the airport's airspace, Heathrow Airport had to suspend flights due to its own drone air traffic.A spokesperson for Heathrow said in a statement to the press, "As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate.We apologize to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause."As of 1pm Eastern US time, flights coming into Heathrow were in a holding pattern around the airport, based on data from the flight tracking site FlightRadar24.com.Departures were suspended for about an hour but have now resumed.Police were called in to investigate.
Counter-drone technologies including measures to jam or shoot them down will be tested by the government as part of plans to ensure there is no repeat of the Gatwick Airport Christmas chaos.New laws will give police stronger powers to crack down on illegal drone use while exclusion zones around airports will be extended.Alongside these measures in legislation, the Home Office will begin testing the counter-drone technology to help detect and respond to remote-piloted aircraft flying around sensitive sites, including airports and prisons.A Whitehall source said this would include testing the ability to jam or shoot down drones if they are flying illegally and causing disruption like that seen at Gatwick.The airport was repeatedly forced to close between December 19 and 21 due to reported drone sightings, causing mass disruption to passengers, with about 1,000 flights affected.The Army was brought in to help deal with the travel chaos and did not stand down until Wednesday last week.
The UK government has announced new powers for police to tackle illegal use of drone technology, including powers to land, seize and search drones.This follows the recent Gatwick drone fiasco when, just before Christmas, a spate of drone sightings near the airport caused a temporary shutdown of the runway, and disruptive misery for thousands of people at one of the busiest travel times of the year.“The police will have the power to search premises and seize drones — including electronic data stored within the device — where a serious offence has been committed and a warrant is secured,” the government writes in a press release today, trailing its plans for a forthcoming drone bill.But the Gatwick chaos and some trenchant criticism about government complacency about the risks posed by misuse of the technology appears to have concentrated ministerial minds on finding a few extra deterrents for police.However, if a drone is used illegally we must ensure that the police have the powers to enforce the law, and that the most up to date technology is available to detect, track and potentially disrupt the drone,” the government writes today in its official response to a public consultation on drone safety regulation, adding that: “The recent disruption to Gatwick airport operations, affecting tens of thousands of passengers in the run up to Christmas, was a stark example of why continued action is required to make sure drones are used safely and securely in the UK.”Under the new plan, police forces may in future only need “reasonable suspicion” that an offence has been committed to request evidence from drone owners.
Reported sightings of at least two rogue drones flying close to the U.K.’s second busiest airport in December 2018 caused an unprecedented level of disruption at one of the most hectic times of the year for air traffic control.Safety concerns at Gatwick airport in southern England on December 20 meant that no planes were allowed to take off, with all inbound flights diverted to airports in cities across the U.K. and northern Europe.Gatwick was out of action for 36 hours in all, with the drones repeatedly reappearing throughout the closure each time officials were about to deem the skies safe.Around 1,000 flights were canceled during the incident, with some 140,000 passengers having their holiday travel plans ruined.The incident was a wake-up call for the U.K. authorities regarding the kind of turmoil a tiny remotely controlled flying machine can cause if it flies to close to an airport.And it focused the minds of safety officials, too, who fear a drone strike could, in the worst case, down an airliner.
At the end of December, Gatwick Airport, the second largest airport in the UK was shut down after a drone was reportedly sighted flying nearby.Flights resumed at the airport three days later, after the British Army reportedly brought in an Israeli-built drone defense system.To protect themselves from future incidents, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports have invested in their own anti-drone systems.Heathrow and Gatwick confirmed that they’ve spent millions to acquire and install their own “military-grade anti-drone apparatus,” while Scotland’s Edinburgh Airport has also indicated that it’s taking its own precautions with foot patrols and expand some no-fly zones surrounding the facility.While two people were arrested after the incident in December, they were quickly released, and authorities have yet to make further arrests.Neither airport indicated what technology they’ve fielded, but they’ve indicated that they will provide a “similar level of protection” as what the Army brought with it in December.
Eventually, the panic settled and the issue was traced back to a ransomware infection that had managed to bork the systems that link the papers editorial office with those of the printing plants.This caused the airport to temporarily shut down and kicked off a man..er.. dronehunt to catch the rogue copter and its operator.Fortunately, the worst of the microflyer crisis seems to have passed, and the men and women of the RAF can finally make their triumphant homecoming from the harrowing fields of Gatwick.This would have, potentially, allowed someone who was up to no good to register a name like "admin@wearehackerone" or "abuse@wearehackerone" and then use the address to cause chaos.The outfit wants to sell hacking tools to governments and law enforcement, although experience has shown these aren't just used to track down criminals but also people governments find tiresome.Such information is obviously invaluable for an attacker and in May 2015 Nightwatch reported the issue to Google, but the security team at the Chocolate Factory said it wasn't really an issue.
Anti-drone technology will be deployed at Gatwick and Heathrow airports in response to disruption caused by the flying machines in the run-up to Christmas.Both airports are investing millions in equipment to prevent future flight disruption, it was confirmed on Thursday.A spokeswoman for Gatwick said the airport had spent several million pounds on new defences after flights were grounded at the airport last month.Between December 19 and 21, Gatwick Airport was repeatedly forced to close due to reported drone sightings, causing mass disruption to passengers, with about 1,000 flights affected.The Army were brought in to help deal with the travel chaos and were not stood down until Wednesday.A spokesman for Heathrow said they would also be investing millions in anti-drone technology, adding: “The safety of our passengers and colleagues remains our top priority.
It is finally 2019, and I can’t wait to see what surprises the technology industry has in store for us.To whet your appetite about the future, I asked the experts for their predictions for the top tech trends of this year.No one seemed to know what to do about it, and in the end the military had to be called in.Such incidents will become more common in 2019 as the popularity of drones rises, warns Anne Sheehan, enterprise director at Vodafone.But there are opportunities too.“Drones are giving rise to many recreational activities and business benefits,” she says.
The military hardware deployed to stop drones disrupting flights at Gatwick Airport has been withdrawn, the Ministry of Defence said.Reported drone sightings at the airport caused mass disruption to passengers in the run-up to Christmas and the Army were brought in to help bring an end to the travel chaos.Around 1,000 flights were affected.A Ministry of Defence spokesman said on Wednesday: “The military capability has now been withdrawn from Gatwick.“The Armed Forces stand ever-ready to assist should a request for support be received.”Between December 19 and 21 the airport was repeatedly forced to close due to reported drone sightings.
An investigation from privacy advocacy group Privacy International on the flow of personal information has questioned whether Facebook and its advertisers are violating Europe’s GDPR.There have of course been numerous violations of user privacy, but as these incidents occurred prior to the implementation of GDPR, the old-version of the rules and punishments were used.The investigation itself questions whether Facebook and the app-developers which use its platform for data collection and user identification is acting responsibly and legally.Using the Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK), data is automatically sent back to the social media giant, irrelevant as to whether consent has been collected, or even if the user has a Facebook book account.“Facebook routinely tracks users, non-users and logged-out users outside its platform through Facebook Business Tools,” Privacy International states on its website.“App developers share data with Facebook through the Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK), a set of software development tools that help developers build apps for a specific operating system.
Two drones found by police near Gatwick Airport have been ruled out of involvement in the incident which disrupted hundreds of flights before Christmas, Sussex chief constable Giles York has said.York told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that police have searched 26 potential launch sites for drones near the airport but do not believe they have found the drone believed to have been flown near runways on December 19 and 20.“I don’t think we have found the drone responsible for this at this time,” said the Chief Constable.“I think the fact that we have found two drones so far as a result of this does show the extent of the search that has been carried out.I am led to believe that we are able to rules those drones out of this investigation at this time.”York said he was “absolutely certain that there was a drone flying throughout the period that the airport was closed”.
The UK must “up its game” when it comes to combating criminal drones, the Met Police Commissioner has said after drone sightings caused 36 hours of chaos at Gatwick Airport.Around 1,000 flights were cancelled or diverted across three days last week after drones were spotted near the airport’s runways, with as many as 140,000 people’s Christmas travel plans thought to have been disrupted.“The drone technology is always changing – we have to keep up with that,” Cressida Dick told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, calling it a “difficult” situation.“I think the whole country and certainly the government will have watched what’s gone on and say we need to up our game here – we need to work even more closely with the private companies, we need to work even more closely with the military,” she said.The UK must be able to prevent the criminal use of drones near our airports, Dick continued.“If somebody does do that we need to find them as quickly as possible, get the drone under control and also bring the people to justice.”
Less than a week after mystery drones grounded flights at the U.K’s second largest airport, wreaking havoc on as many as 140,000 people’s travel plans for the Christmas period, police have admitted that there may in fact not have been any drones at all.Gatwick airport reopened on Friday after a one-day shutdown but it appears that investigators are no closer to knowing what actually took place.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.”Indeed, the police are reliant on eyewitness accounts — 67 of them, to be precise — to piece together what happened.The BBC reported last week that two drones flying “over the perimeter fence and into where the runway operates from” were spotted by bystanders late Wednesday, with a third reportedly seen on Thursday morning.Runways were shut for around six hours between Wednesday evenings and the early hours of Thursday, before a fuller suspension came into effect after the alleged sighting of the third drone.
Detectives hunting the Gatwick Airport drone operator are not ruling out the possibility that no drone activity took place.Sussex Police insisted they are “not back to square one”, despite releasing the two prime suspects initially held, adding they are working with witness accounts.Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley added there was no available footage of the drones.Police said there were some “persons of interest” after a damaged drone was found inside the airport’s perimeter fence.It follows the decision to release a man and a woman from nearby Crawley without charge.The pair, aged 47 and 54 respectively, made no comment as they darted inside their home on Sunday morning, having been arrested on Friday evening following a “tip-off” from a member of the public.
A damaged drone has been found close to Gatwick Airport in the wake of severe disruption this week, its staff have confirmed to HuffPost UK.It will undergo “fast-tracked” forensic tests in attempt to find out who was controlling it.This morning a couple arrested on suspicion of being behind the rogue drone were released without charge.Sussex Police Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley told Sky News: “I can say yesterday we recovered a damaged drone close to the perimeter of Gatwick Airport... and we will be doing everything we can with regards to progressing a forensic examination of that drone.”“That’s something that will be fast-tracked and expedited,” he added.This comes as airport bosses offer a £50,000 reward through Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the criminal act that ruined the travel plans of thousands.
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Following a drone incident that grounded planes and disrupted operations at the UK’s second-largest airport just days ahead of Christmas, officials say they have made two arrests in connection with the event.Large drones appeared over London’s Gatwick Airport on Wednesday, resulting in chaos during one of the busiest travel times of the year.Sussex Police now say they arrested a 54-year-old woman and 47-year-old man, both of whom were said to be from neighbouring Crawley, just after 10 p.m. on Friday.The two individuals were arrested on “suspicion of disrupting services of civil aviation aerodrome to endanger or likely to endanger safety of operations or persons.”“As part of our ongoing investigations into the criminal use of drones which has severely disrupted flights in and out of Gatwick Airport, Sussex Police made two arrests,” Superintendent James Collis of the Sussex Police said in a statement on Saturday.“Our investigations are still on-going, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones, by deploying a range of tactics.”
UK police have arrested two individuals in connection with flight disruptions at London Gatwick Airport.The pair, a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman were arrested late on Friday, according to the Sussex Police.Air traffic at Gatwick, England’s second largest airport, was disrupted when a drone was spotted flying in the area on Wednesday, prompting the airport to suspend flights through Friday.Flights were diverted to other airports, and authorities ended up bringing in the British Army, which media reports say set up an Israeli-built drone defense system called a “Drone Dome,” designed to intercept the device’s radio signals.Flights resumed at the airport on Friday.Sussex Police did not identify the individuals, other than to say that they were being held on “suspicion of disrupting services of civil aviation aerodrome to endanger or likely to endanger safety of operations or persons,” and that the investigation was ongoing.
The drone-caused chaos at London's Gatwick airport has resulted in two arrests.Sussex police said Saturday that they'd taken a man and woman into custody on suspicion of disrupting services at the UK's second-busiest airport "to endanger or likely to endanger safety of operations or persons."Gatwick's airfield was closed for more than a day after drones were spotted nearby on Wednesday night local time.It reopened Friday morning before being shut down again briefly after another drone sighting.The closures caused problems for tens of thousands of holiday travelers, as flights were canceled, delayed or diverted.The police department's investigation is ongoing, Sussex police Superintendent James Collis said in a statement.