Many thousands are in limbo today with the runway remaining closed due to drones flying nearby.
Now that the culprits ave found out how easy it is to cause so much disruption, does anyone else think this will happen over and over again? What do you think will happen to the culprits if they are caught? A slapped wrist?
HOWEVER, if it is, then I fear for flights in general as I can imagine every eco warrior and his dog taking their drone to the local airport. I've noticed that there has been a huge sales push on drones this Xmas!
Forget a slap on the wrist -I wouldn't mind if the troops "accidentally" shot the miscreants if/when they catch them!!
been faced with the laser pens being directed at them. Some media is reporting
it as a lone wolf operation but I suspect there is more to the story than we
are being told.
So assuming they apprehend the guilty party what exactly are they going to do
with him/her? There will need to be some very creative thinking as I doubt
there are any laws that really address the problem, and of course assuming
someone is brought before the courts we shall no doubt hear how
the miscreant had a difficult childhood, has a disabled mother for whom he is
the sole carer and is totally misunderstood. He was only doing it to help fight
global warming. He shall then be given a suspended sentence, 240 hours of community
service and not to forget the £85 victim surcharge. Wonder if he will be
eligible for a new identity under the witness protection programme?
For anyone caught up in it I do sympathise and hope the restof your Christmas gets better.
However, go on YouTube and there's videos showing you how to bypass the jamming software and there's even videos showing you how to make your own.!
Airports are cash cows, privately run with outsourced services, instead of being regarded as vital infrastructure that needs constant investment, including updating the geofencing.
Go onto the professional pilots forum (Pprune) and there's a thread discussing their (pilots) concerns about drones getting into the wrong hands from 2014.
Don't know about five years, (assuming that they get caught with evidence) I'd bang them in the slammer for 25 years with no parole, otherwise some nutcase will try and copycat this at other airports. Class it as an act of terrorism because according to the definition of terrorism, it fits the bill in section 2... . endangering the lives of people on an aircraft.
Section 1. –(1) In this Act "terrorism" means the use or threat of action where-(a) the action falls within subsection (2),(b) the use or threat is designed to influence the government [or an international governmental organisation]or to intimidate the public or a section of the public, and(c) the use or threat is made for the purpose of advancing a political, religious[, racial] or ideological cause.
(2) Action falls within this subsection if it-(a) involves serious violence against a person,(b) involves serious damage to property,(c) endangers a person's life, other than that of the person committing the action,(d) creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public, or(e) is designed seriously to interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.
(3) The use or threat of action falling within subsection (2) which involves the use of firearms or explosives is terrorism whether or not subsection (1)(b) is satisfied.
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