protesters have said they plan to deploy toy drones to ground flights and draw
attention to aviation emissions. But authorities say they are working on plans
to keep planes in the sky.
Heathrow Airport on Tuesday said it is working with law enforcement to ensure
drones are not deployed by climate protesters to disrupt air traffic.
have in place the dynamic risks assessment programs which are carried out by
airfield and security experts and at no time will safety be compromised,”
according to a statement issued by airport authorities. “Alongside drone
detection capabilities, we will mitigate the impact of this illegal action and
operate in a way that is safe at all times.”
to fly toy drones near the airport in a bid to halt flights and pressure
the government to do more on fighting emissions from the aviation industry.
Pause, a splinter group of Extinction Rebellion, said last month that “the
looming catastrophe of airport expansion gives us no choice and compels us to
said it would fly the drones within a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile)
restricted zone but outside flight paths to avoid endangering air traffic.
is a symbolic action, using a legal loophole and participants’ self-sacrifice
to draw attention to the most serious and urgent crisis humanity has ever
faced,” said the group.
have been on alert since earlier this year, when outgoing EU Security
Commissioner Julian King warned that terrorists could use drones to carry
out attacks, including targeting airports.
year, multiple instances of drone sightings halted air traffic at Gatwick
and Heathrow airports, leading to significant economic losses for airlines.
airports have deployed anti-drone systems in a bid to safeguard flights.
The British government has also strengthened law enforcement capabilities to
deal with drone threats at airports.
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