Drone attack closes Gatwick Airport

The police don’t want to use the word attack, certainly not terrorism but that’s exactly what it is.

At least two drone operators are – even as I write – flying the devices into Gatwick Airspace as police cars, helicopters and other vehicles try and find them.

The result has been appalling – almost 100,000 people are likely to be affected, some 25,000 are stuck at Gatwick and it will take days to correct the delays. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

And as usual the airlines are not cooperating with passengers. Poor or no communication, deliberate obfuscation of the legal requirements airlines have to look after passengers, all common complaints.

The CAA says that it’s an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ and fare refunds – but not compensation – will be expected. It’s

As I write Gatwick is now staying closed indefinitely as drones have been seen in the last hour. It’s 1300hrs.

Questions are now being asked about how this is even possible? Why have airports not been equipped with military grade jammers? Geofencing is a method by which Drones should be barred from crossing into certain areas either by active or passive means.

Arguments are that drones have developed too quickly to be regulated properly.

Simple solutions in this case involve shooting them down – but the police would rather catch the perpetrators and punish them as an example.

Eventually – and this is widely accepted- a major incident will happen when a drone is sucked into an engine.

Whatever happens in this case, the financial, material, and personal consequences to those affected are bound to push the future of drone law forward.

Currently the U.K. law requires that a drone must be deliberate in its attack on an aircraft before anything like a serious 5 year term in prison becomes remotely feasible. At best the perpetrators are likely to be fined, if they even found.