Gatwick Air­port up and fly­ing af­ter pair held in drone case

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

LON­DON — Lon­don’s Gatwick Air­port was plagued by long lines and flight de­lays Satur­day but no new drone sight­ings, al­low­ing Bri­tish of­fi­cials to hope the worse was over af­ter two peo­ple were ar­rested in connection with the drone in­va­sion that had shut down the coun­try’s sec­ond-busiest air­port.

Check-in lines at Gatwick stretched the length of the de­par­tures hall as trav­el­ers tried to make good on Christ­mas plans up­ended by three days of ex­tended shut­downs caused by drones be­ing spot­ted over the air­field.

The drone cri­sis at Gatwick, 30 miles south of Lon­don, has had a rip­ple ef­fect through­out the in­ter­na­tional air travel sys­tem since Wed­nes­day night, when the first drone was spot­ted.

A Gatwick spokesman said Satur­day that “things are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion” and should be back to nor­mal by the end of the week­end af­ter a hor­ren­dous few days that saw tens of thou­sands of trav­el­ers stranded or de­layed.

Sus­sex po­lice re­leased few de­tails about the two sus­pects ar­rested late Fri­day in the worst drone­in­flicted travel chaos to hit Bri­tain. Po­lice say the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ongoing and the mil­i­tary was still de­ployed to pre­vent fur­ther drone in­cur­sions from shut­ting Gatwick’s airspace.

Po­lice said Satur­day the drone sus­pects are a 47year-old man and a 54year-old woman from Craw­ley, a town 5 miles from the air­port. They were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of dis­rupt­ing civil avi­a­tion.

The sus­pects, who have not been named or charged, were be­ing ques­tioned in cus­tody.

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