Pair arrested on suspicion of 'criminal use of drones' at Gatwick Airport are a man and woman who live nearby

Business Insider | 12/23/2018 | Associated Press
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Two people were arrested on suspicion of "criminal use of drones" in the Gatwick Airport case that has delayed tens of thousands of passengers in the UK.

The two suspects — a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman — have not been charged.

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The airport was shut down for 36 hours after repeated drone sightings, days before the holiday season flights.

The latest drone sighting came after British police and transport officials said extra measures had been put in place to prevent drones from intruding on the airport, which serves 43 million passengers a year.

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LONDON (AP) — British police say the two people who were arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of "criminal use of drones'" at Gatwick Airport are 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, both from Crawley, England.

Illegal drone flights over Gatwick created nightmarish holiday travel delays for tens of thousands of passengers.

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The two have not been charged. They were still being held in custody at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. Police arrested the pair at about 10 p.m. Friday night. Crawley is about six miles from the airport.

Police Superintendent James Collis asked the public in the Gatwick area to remain vigilant.

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"Our investigations are still ongoing, and our activities at the airport continue to build resilience to detect and mitigate further incursions from drones by deploying a range of tactics," he said.

New drone sightings Friday had caused fresh problems for holiday travelers at the airport, which reopened in the morning after a 36-hour shutdown only to hastily suspend flights for more than an hour in the late afternoon on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

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The reopening, closing and re-reopening of Britain's second-busiest airport due to repeated drone sightings raised a host of questions for British officials, including questions about how safe it really is to fly with drones...
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