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Dubai airport disrupted after reported drone sightings

Al Jazeera

Flights at Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest in the world, were disrupted on Friday after sightings of a drone flying nearby. The airport told the AP news agency that it halted flights from 10:13am to 10:45am (local time) over "suspected drone activity". It said flights were later resumed. Alleged drone sightings have previously disrupted flights into the airport, which is the base of the long-haul carrier Emirates. One disgruntled passenger tweeted: "Stuck for ages at Dubai airport runway unable to taxi as unauthorized drones have entered the airspace here and all takeoffs have been grounded! "This seems to be happening often in airports everywhere." Stuck for ages at Dubai airport runway unable to taxi as unauthorized drones have entered the airspace here and all takeoffs have been grounded! This seems to be happening often in airports everywhere. Another passenger wrote: "Dubai airport going nowhere due to drone flying around.

Gatwick airport: How countries counter the drone threat

BBC News

Rogue drones "deliberately" flown over one of the UK's busiest airports caused travel chaos this week. Incoming planes were forced to divert to airports up and down the country as the drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), repeatedly appeared over the airfield at London's Gatwick Airport. The situation was so serious the Army was called in to support the local police in tackling the issue, with the runway finally re-opening on Friday morning. For some time now, governments around the world have been looking at different ways of addressing the dangers of drone use in areas where they pose safety risks. Here we look at some of the solutions - ranging from bazookas to eagles.

Do you fly drones? Share your experiences with us

The Guardian

Following the fallout from the drone event over the Christmas period, Gatwick and Heathrow airports have invested millions to tackle the problem of potential future drone attacks. With around 1,000 flights grounded at Gatwick airport over 36 hours and about 140,000 passengers affected by the disruption, the owners of both airports have brought in their own military-grade anti-drone apparatus. If you frequently fly drones, either as a hobby or professionally, we'd like to hear from you. How long have you been flying and what has your experience been like? What concerns do you have about the technology and the issues raised by potential drone attacks?

Reports of drone force ground stop at Newark airport

FOX News

Arriving flights were halted at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Tuesday when a drone was spotted near a neighboring airport, officials said. Two airplanes headed to Newark reported seeing a drone around 5 p.m. over Teterboro Airport, a smaller airport located roughly 18 miles northeast of Newark, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told The Associated Press. The drone was roughly 3,500 feet in the air, according to the reports. The agency said that incoming flights to Newark were briefly halted but resumed after no further sightings were reported. Airport officials tweeted around 7 p.m. that "operations have resumed" after the FAA held arrivals "due to reports of drone activity north of the airport earlier this evening."

Taiwan Threatens To Shoot Down Drones Found Flying Into Airports

International Business Times

Taiwan will shoot down any drones that are found flying into its airports' territory, the country's defense minister said Saturday. The comments came after a drone was found at Taipei Songshan Airport resulting in closure of the airport for nearly an hour Monday. Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan said that officers can shoot down any drones that fly into the airports' territory without prior approval. He also noted that a rise in drone use has posed security concerns to airports. "If the threat is imminent, there is no need to ask for the approval of the superior," Feng said, according to Taiwan's Central News Agency.