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Gatwick and Heathrow Airports buying anti-drone equipment; Troy Roberts, chairman of Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Emerging Technologies, says legal issues could be ahead

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Anti-drone equipment was deployed by the RAF at Gatwick until this week/GETTY

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Anti-drone equipment was deployed by the RAF at Gatwick until this week

Gatwick and Heathrow are to spend millions of pounds on anti-drone technology following the disruption at the Sussex airport before Christmas.

The equipment, which can detect and jam communications between a drone and its operator, was deployed by the RAF on a roof at Gatwick last month.

About 1,000 flights were cancelled over three days due to drone sightings.

Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, and Heathrow confirmed it would be buying systems.

More than 140,000 passengers at Gatwick were affected during 36 hours of chaos between 19 and 21 December.

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 “As drone technology progresses, anti-drone technology is not far behind.  The emerging use of anti-drone technology, whether by private, governmental, or other actors, may raise as many legal issues as drones do themselves.”

–Troy Roberts

 

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