Gatwick Airport and Drones

Stone demands reassurances over security at airports

Jamie Stone MP, has called on the Government to do more to reassure air passengers in the wake of last month’s drone incident at Gatwick Airport.

Between 19 and 21 December hundreds of flights were cancelled at Gatwick Airport following reports of drone sightings close to the runway. The incident caused major travel disruption, affecting a total of around 140,000 passengers and over 1,000 flights.

On the floor of the House of Commons yesterday evening (7 January), Mr Stone highlighted how the incident had fuelled serious public concern over airport safety, and called on ministers to take action to address this.

Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Stone said:

“What happened at Gatwick was, as the House knows, pretty damned scary. Wherever we travel in the world, passengers have an equal right to confidence and safe travel. Let us hope that we in the UK get the legislative framework right and work out how to take down such drones if they are hostile.

“I suggest that it would be in the best interests of travellers all over the world for us to share our knowledge, and perhaps to work towards some sort of international treaty governing the use, administration and stamping out of drones when they are in bad use.”

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