What is happening: Both Gatwick and Heathrow are looking into anti-drone technology after experiencing disruptions in recent weeks.
Gatwick: Over 140,000 passengers were delayed between December 19 and 21 late last year. This came after a mysterious drone caused havoc around the airport.
Heathrow: Another drone sighting on January 8 around Heathrow led to an hour of flight delays.
UK: 92 cases of aircraft/drone close calls were recorded in 2017.
Anti-drone: Now both airports will be deploying anti-drone technology in order to combat this nuisance. Gatwick are looking to spend around £5m on such a system, with Heathrow also committing to an investment.
Tech: The technology would allow airports to track and jam communication between drones and their pilots. They are also looking into weighted nets. Current UK rules state drones cannot fly within 1km of airports, and they are limited to an altitude of 400 feet.