Posted on January 3, 2019
The Army was deployed as hundreds of flights were cancelled on 20 December following repeated drone sightings. Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, but would not comment on the nature of the system. Sussex Police said no arrests have been made since a couple were released without charge on 23 December. More than 140,000 passengers were affected by cancellations and delays during the 36 hours of chaos. Following a further sighting on 21 December, the airport said the “military measures” had provided “the reassurance necessary that it is safe to reopen”. It is believed that the Israeli-developed Drone Dome system, which can jam communications between the drone and its operator, was brought in.
A £50,000 reward for information has been issued by Crimestoppers, which said it had “passed on close to 30 pieces of information to law enforcement within the first 24 hours”.