The two have not been yet charged. “Our investigations are still ongoing, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones by deploying a range of tactics,” Police Superintendent James Collis said. The persistent drone crisis at Gatwick, located 30 miles (45 kilometres) south of London, which serves 43 million passengers a year, has had ripple effects throughout the international air travel system.
People in the airport
Military forces with special equipment have been brought in and police units are working around-the-clock. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said Friday morning that the drone disruption at Gatwick was “unprecedented anywhere in the world.” The airport shutdown upended the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers, since about 110,000 people had been scheduled to pass through Gatwick that day. British officials were debating whether shooting down a drone was an available “tactical option” due to concerns that such an action could inadvertently hurt people on the ground.