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Image The travel plans of tens of thousands of people were disrupted

Passengers wait at the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport

Yesterday the Ministry of Defence (MoD) the anti-drone equipment has now been removed from Gatwick.

"The military capability has now been withdrawn from Gatwick".

"The concerns are about the nuisance caused by the noise of drones, privacy due to drones carrying surveillance equipment, and the potential danger they could cause to wildlife, animals and people particularly when landing", a council report said.

But after realising how easy it is for a drone to bring worldwide airports to gridlock - Heathrow and Gatwick are now taking drastic action.

The Israeli-developed Drone Dome system is believed to be among the technology used at Gatwick airport last month by the Army.

Britain's two biggest airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, are investing in anti-drone technology following severe disruption at Gatwick caused by drone sightings in the run-up to Christmas, spokespersons said on Friday.

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The system, which is said to have a range of several miles, uses four radars to give 360-degree detection in order to identify and track targets.

Yesterday morning Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, hosted a meeting of police, aviation and defence chiefs to discuss lessons that...

Police are examining relevant sightings by 115 witnesses, including 93 from "credible witnesses" such as a pilot, airport staff and police officers.

Mr York defended the decision to hold Mr Gait for an extended period, despite his employer saying he was at work during the drone flights.

A Gatwick spokesperson said on Thursday in a statement that "While I can't go into detail about exactly what we have, I can confirm this was an investment of several million pounds to ensure we are at an equivalent level to that provided by the Armed Forces". Skylock, the company that manufactures the technology, is one of many now specializing in detecting and downing intruder drones by "jamming" them, or disrupting their frequencies.

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