Great, Now a Drone's Been Spotted Near Heathrow (Updated)

By Tom Pritchard on at

Who can forget about the chaos at Gatwick just before Christmas, because there were several dozen sightings of a drone buzzing around the runway. The airport was at a standstill for days, during one of the busiest times of the year, and led to both Gatwick and Heathrow spending a fortune on anti-drone tech as well as new anti-drone powers for police. Now a drone sighting means Heathrow departures have ground to a halt.

Twitter is now full of people who've been affected by the problem, which is hardly a surprise seeing as how Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world. Some of them are stuck on planes, some of them aren't, and I'm not sure which ones are worse off. Planes are the worst, but then again I wouldn't want to be stranded and stuck paying airport prices to keep myself fed. Especially since you're stuck with WH Smith or Boots if you want something quickly.

This story is going to be developing a lot over the next few hours, so of course it had to happen at the end of the day during CES week. That's life for you I suppose. Here's just hoping those anti-drone measure are up and running, and Heathrow isn't still waiting for it all to be delivered because someone decided they didn't need to spend £79 on an Amazon Prime membership.

At least we'll have plenty of practice shutting down the country's airports in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Update: 10pm

Heathrow has now confirmed departures have resumed, but hasn't offered any more information on the sighting itself.

Not ideal, but a few hours of outage is still better than a few days. Like Gatwick we'll no doubt here more in the coming days.

Thanks to Rich Stanton for letting me steal all his jokes from our work Slack.