Heathrow officials said shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday that flight departures have been suspended as a precaution. "They've only given us one update to say it was because of drone activity in departures", one passenger said, adding that they have not been given an estimate to when they can depart.
The rozzers are supposedly investigating the drone appearance, but there's no word on when flights will be back up and running.or should that be flying.
London Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers.
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The offender is described as black, in his 20s or 30s, with a slim build and a beard, dressed all in black with white trainers. The suspect is believed to have left the station at Clandon and set off in the direction of Dedswell Drive.
A Heathrow spokesman said airport staff were continuing to monitor the situation.
Departures from Heathrow have been suspended after a suspected drone sighting.
"An aircraft or helicopter collision with a drone has the potential to be catastrophic and so it's right that Heathrow shut until it was sure flights could take off and land safely again". The incident ignited concerns about the preparedness of airports to handle the encroachment of drones into commercial airspace.
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Coincidentally, this comes on the same day the United Kingdom government's Department for Transport announced a series of new drone-related powers for police, including new airport exclusion zones.
BBC cameraman Martin Roberts, who works with drones, said he was driving on the M25 past Heathrow airport at about 5:45 GMT when he saw what he believes was a drone.
Gatwick closed on the evening of December 19 and for much of the day on both December 20 and 21.
The exclusion zone around airports will be extended to approximately a five kilometre radius, with additional extensions from the end of runways.
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