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drones over gatwick

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nizebaby, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Maybe the batteries ran down ...
  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Just had a look at the departure board from Gatwick

    Planes are now flying but virtually every flight is delayed and some are still being cancelled. Some of the delays are up to 8 hours.
  3. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    I'm not in any way a drone expert, but there are certain features of all this that are very puzzling.

    I find it surprising that the perpetrators have not been found. Given the resources that have been allocated, how can such little progress have been made? What good is sending in the army, with their military grade equipment, if it's defeated so easily? Given the failures so far, how can we be confident in the official version of events? What evidence is there that it's eco-warriors? I'd like to see this evidence.

    The anti-drone measures available these days appear to be extensive, and anyone taking an interest in this story is most likely much more informed now. Why haven't these been used? If there was talk later about shooting the drones down, why wasn't this considered earlier? Was it hoped that the problem would go away, or that the culprits would be found by other means?

    In light of all this, maybe the fingers do point to some bizarre conspiracy theory. I'm usually the first to be dismissive of such theories, as apparent mysteries are almost always far more plausibly explained by more banal means. This case however really is rather strange, with many unanswered questions.
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  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Aliens ?
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  5. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    I was thinking more of Russians...
  6. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Russian Aliens then
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  7. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    or Jose Mourinho - he drones on a lot
  8. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    If it is a bored teenager then our police force and military have not covered themselves with glory.
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  9. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    You're on form today. It must be the end of term.
  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Personally I think it's those Russian Meerkats - revenge for being ridiculed for those Ads they do
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  11. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    I wonder why they have re-opened today? What has changed? Surely the drone could reappear at any moment which I presume was the rationale for closing all day yesterday. Has there been some kind of secret communication between the perpetrators and the authorities?
  12. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    They have the perimeter staked out.
  13. Oscillatingass

    Oscillatingass Star commenter

    Wasn't it "staked out" yesterday? I am genuinely confused by all this but delighted Gatwick is now open.
  14. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I'm joking - there are not enough police officers with jobs in London to stake out Gatwick
    monicabilongame likes this.
  15. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I'm more pleased I'm not flying out of there this week.

    It's bad enough at the best of times.
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  16. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    The world! Ah ah ah ah ah (stroking my furry white cat).
  17. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    It doesn't require police officers to stake out the perimeter - patrols by security guards employed by Gatwick, with radio contact to the police should they see anyone operating a drone would have sufficed.
    mathsmutt likes this.
  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Could they not employ radio jammers on the drone frequencies?
  19. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    If I correctly understood the expert on the lunchtime news, drones use the same frequencies as broadband, and frequently hop from one frequency to another, making jamming extremely difficult.
  20. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    If so ~ and I don't doubt that ~ then I suspect we'll see legislation about drone manufacture coming in soon. Just speculation but they can't afford for this to happen again. If eco-activists cotton on... well they could shut down most major airports with just a guy.

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