Tuesday, December 25, 2018

How drones shut an airport? Lessons for us

Last week the Gatwick Airport at London was shut for nearly three days. The reason – unidentified drones! It seems to be unbelievable but it is true that one of the busiest airports in Europe was shut for business due to drones.

It appears to be a scene from a sci-fi movie where certain powers from a different planet or Galaxy might have attacked the earth and suddenly there are certain unidentified flying objects, UFOs – in this case, these objects could be identified as drones, but their owners or persons who were controlling them were unknown – threatening the world's existence. Lack of explanation of the presence of these drones is worrying and that is why there has been tremendous confusion and chaos resulting in the closure of the airport for 3 days with an adverse impact on more than 1,000 flights and having about 1,40,000 people stranded, waiting for their flights in the festive season of Christmas and New Year, and spending time at the airport or in the nearby hotels with great deal of uncertainty.

It is really the limitation of the administrative institutions that something as innocuous as a drone – which appears to be a simple device, very benign in operation, and is usually used by people as a hobby and passion or by certain professionals for taking photographs and for collecting data – can be a source of creating so much confusion that business worth billions of dollars is impacted and schedule of so many people can get affected.
25/12/18 Anuraj K Agarwal/DNA
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