U.K. police arrest 2 for Gatwick Airport drone

An information board announces flight disruption at London Gatwick Airport, south of London, on December 20, 2018 after all flights were grounded due to drones flying over the airfield.
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Police in the United Kingdom have arrested two people, a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, in connection to the recreational drone that disrupted flights for three days at London's Gatwick Airport this week.

About 140,000 passengers were affected when around 1,000 flights were grounded or rescheduled because of the drone sightings, but Gatwick is expected to return to normal operations Saturday. Delays are anticipated.

"Our investigations are still ongoing," said a police statement after the arrests, "and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones, by deploying a range of tactics." Authorities considered shooting the drone down and had military assistance searching for its operators.

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