TWITTER has been lively since the Gatwick drone incident began.
The UK Civil Avition Authority tweeted: ‘It is totally unacceptable to fly drones close to airports and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment. Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations…’
TV newsreader John Snow lamented that: ‘If London’s second Airport – Gatwick _ can be defeated by a couple of drones..shutting the entire place down for 12 hours+ what does it say of the UKs much vaunted defences upon which we spend so many billions?’
Shashank Joshi, the defence editor at the economist was equally shocked: ‘Just heard on R4 that the drone is still above Gatwick. How on earth can drones be flown above an airport for *12 hours* without being forcibly taken out of the sky? That’s pretty astonishing & disturbing.’
As of 09:15 UK, the airport remains closed.