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Queens of the Drone Age

Queens of the Drone Age

For many people, last year’s Christmas farce at Gatwick Airport was their first experience of a drone. Numerous sightings of an errant, unmanned aerial vehicle hovering in restricted airspace, with little discernible motive, brought the UK’s second-busiest airport to a standstill. Cue a media feast, the wrongful arrest of two local would-be drone operators, and thousands of stranded holidaymakers. And then the drone flew away. Gatwick Airport used “military-grade kit” to respond to the drone, according to an airport spokesperson and has since “invested several million pounds” in drone-related technologies. Gatwick would not confirm the identity of any companies involved in shoring up its anti-drone defences.

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