Police offered new powers to deal with drones all around airports


Airport exclusion zones will be extended to about 5km (three miles) from the present 1km, with further extensions at runway finishes.

Drone end users can be fined or even jailed if they fly a drone inside these zones.

Also, operators of drones weighting concerning 250g and 20kg will have to sign-up and consider an on the web drone pilot competency exam from 30 November.

Law enforcement officers will also be provided new powers to deal with drone pilots who break the legislation and the governing administration will check counter-drone technological know-how.

The actions have been introduced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in parliament on Monday.

They appear immediately after drone sightings at Gatwick, the UK’s second-busiest airport, led to the cancellation of 1,000 flights, ruining the holiday designs of 140,000 travellers just ahead of Christmas.

“The disruption caused by drones to flights at Gatwick airport past thirty day period was deliberate, irresponsible and calculated, as perfectly as illegal,” Mr Grayling explained to parliament.

Law enforcement searched dozens of probable launch web sites in close proximity to the airport, but were not equipped to identify the device.

Two individuals ended up arrested above the disruption and questioned in custody for 36 hours but they were produced devoid of charge.

Mr Grayling claimed the difficulties at Gatwick had been solved by “some clever and progressive use of new technology” which he would not go into depth about thanks to “security factors”.

He extra: “I am apparent the govt is getting motion to make certain that travellers have confidence their journeys will not be disrupted in future, plane can properly use our vital transportation hubs and criminals misusing drones can be brought to justice.”


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