Flights resumed about an hour. Travel expert Simon Calder said the halting of departures would have meant about 40 aircraft did not take off when they were meant to. It comes after last month’s disruption at Gatwick Airport which saw thousands of people stranded when drones were sighted. The Metropolitan Police said they received reports of a drone sighting near Heathrow at about 17:05 GMT. Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. Heathrow airport had measures in place intended to prevent this kind of incident.
Heathrow west London airport
UK airports including Heathrow and Gatwick invested millions of pounds in anti-drone technology after Gatwick’s drone disruption. It was announced already this week that police would be given new powers to tackle the illegal use of drones. Under new legislation, police will be given additional powers to land, seize and search drones. Drone operators will be required by law to register beginning in November 2019. Drones must stay below 400ft, must stay 150ft from people and properties, and 500ft from crowds and built up areas and stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields. It’s an illegal act to fly a drone within 1km of an airport or airfield boundary.