An airplane lands at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure because of drone activity, in Gatwick, Britain, December 21, 2018. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
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A mystery drone operator's success in shutting down Britain's second busiest airport for more than 36 hours has exposed the vulnerability of others across the world to saboteurs armed with such cheap and easily available devices.The incursion at London Gatwick, a brazen game of cat and mouse that those responsible played with Europe's top military power, underlined how many airports lack the means to catch drone pilots quickly, let alone destroy the unmanned aerial vehicles themselves.After detecting the drone, it needs to be disabled by interfering with its navigation system or by simply shooting it down.Chief Executive Paul Everitt said U.K. security companies could help airport authorities with systems that detect, track and identify drones, electronic measures to prevent drone incursion, and with advice about the legal implications of using electronic counter-measures in Britain.But at Gatwick, the perpetrators were still at large on Friday after the most advanced drone attack yet on a major airport.
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