Attempt to disrupt Heathrow air traffic with drones thwarted

epa02126268 An aircraft flies past the control tower at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, 21 April 2010. Airlines and passengers are facing a slow return to normality after flights resumed after a six-day shutdown due to the volcanic ash. Tens of thousands of Britons are still stranded abroad and it could take weeks to get back to business as usual. Further delays and cancellations are still occurring however because of the backlog and planes not being in the right place. British Aviation officials lifted the airspace ban on late 20 April, after announcing it was now safe for planes to fly. EPA/ANDY RAIN

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Climate change protesters trying to fly drones to disrupt Heathrow Airport claim they have been blocked by “signal jamming” as two people were arrested on Friday.

Heathrow Pause – a splinter of the Extinction Rebellion movement – has said it intends to fly the machines in the airport’s 5km exclusion zone, potentially disrupting hundreds of flights.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed two men were arrested in the early hours of Friday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance within the perimeter of Heathrow. Five people – including Extinction Rebellion’s co-founder Roger Hallam – were detained on Thursday ahead of the planned protest.

Via Sky News

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