Flights grounded at London Heathrow after drone sighting

Gatwick and Heathrow invest in their own anti-drone tech after Christmas chaosq

Gatwick and Heathrow invest in their own anti-drone tech after Christmas chaosq

Flights at Heathrow Airport have been grounded after fresh reports of a drone sighting, with passengers venting their frustration on social media.

A spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police said they were called just after 5pm to "reports of a sighting of a drone in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport".

"As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate".

She explained: "Heathrow's aim is to design a sustainable, fair and more efficient future airport while connecting the United Kingdom to global growth".

It comes after last month's disruption at Gatwick Airport after drones were reported.

Chris Grayling announced on Monday this week that he is seeking changes to the law which would allow officers to rapidly respond to and thwart drone attacks, including the ability to search premises of suspects and require users to produce documentation similar to a driver's licence.

About an hour later, Gatwick resumed operations, saying "The military measures we have in place at the airport have provided us with reassurance necessary to re-open our airfield".

Another said: "Stuck onboard a plane in runway at #Heathrow".

Today, the British government announced a package of measures created to give police extra powers to combat drones.

The alleged sighting came four days after both Heathrow and Gatwick airports reported they were investing millions of pounds in equipment to prevent future flight disruption.

"At the moment, we've been told we're not going anywhere", she said.

Locals now get half a day's respite from noise when take-offs and landings switch to the opposite runway at 3pm, but Hacan claims this would be reduced to one third of a day.

From November 30 this year, operators of drones weighing between 250g and 20kg will also have to register and take an online pilot competency test.

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