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Two arrested for Gatwick Airport drone chaos, ‘environmental activism’ a rumor motive

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The british authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with the drone chaos at London’s Gatwick Airport, after the mysterious plane was spotted in the air, on Wednesday night, creating a nightmare 36 hour delay affected more than 100,000 travellers.

Although officials have yet to make a statement, multiple outlets in the united kingdom, citing “environmental activism” as a likely motive.

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The arrival board at the airport of Gatwick Airport show to be cancelled, diverted and delayed flights as the airport remains closed, with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the field last night and this morning, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The London Gatwick Airport remained closed during the busy holiday period Thursday, while the police and the airport officials to investigate reports that drones flying in the vicinity of the airport. (Thomas hornall founded/PA via AP)

The police revealed on Saturday that a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from nearby Crawley have been charged late Friday in connection with the crime. The duo was arrested on suspicion of disrupting civil aviation in a way that may present a hazard to people or activities.

As noted by several outlets, including The Standard, The Telegraph and The Times, an “eco-protest” was probably the dynamics of the disturbance. The police says that the inspiration for this new kind of attack” remains unclear at this time.

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“This is something that has not been experienced before. This is a new kind of attack,” Transport Minister Chris Grayling said, noting that the attack “could be [a] environmental protest”, but “we really don’t know” at this time.

People are waiting near the departure gate at Gatwick airport, near London, the airport remains closed, with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the field last night and this morning.
(AP)

In the wake of the chaos, environmental organisations, Extinction, Rebellion, Plane Stupid and Greenpeace have all denied responsibility for the incident.

Also Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry told the BBC that, although the authorities have ruled out that the drone chaos as an act of terror, exploring the possible motives of environmental activism,

An EasyJet aircraft on the final approach for the landing at Gatwick airport in London on Friday.
(AP)

“This incident is really unusual in the concerted and malicious and truly criminal level of the behavior of the drone operator, and that did us a number of challenges,” he said.

The airport resumed operations Friday morning after being closed since Wednesday night, when mystery drones first began to appear around the runway.

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A woman waiting in the departure lounge at Gatwick airport, near London, the airport remains closed, with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the field last night and this morning, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The London Gatwick Airport remained closed during the busy holiday period Thursday, while the police and the airport officials to investigate reports that drones flying in the vicinity of the airport. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

In the coming days and a half, there were about 40 reported sightings of the drones – the most recent gig last night around 10 pm local time. A report of a new drone sighting Friday afternoon, which temporarily suspended flights again at Gatwick, was unfounded.

People waiting outside the departure gate at Gatwick airport, near London, the airport remains closed, with incoming flights delayed or diverted to other airports, after drones were spotted over the field last night and this morning, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The London Gatwick Airport remained closed during the busy holiday period Thursday, while the police and the airport officials to investigate reports that drones flying in the vicinity of the airport.
(AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Airport officials say the goal is to perform a full complement of 757 flights on Saturday with something less than 125,000 passengers in great Britain is the second largest air-hub.

The persistent drone crisis at Gatwick airport, located 30 km south of London and serves 43 million passengers per year, has a ripple effect through the international air travel system.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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