A British Airways plane at Heathrow airport. – – / PA Wire / dpa
LONDON, 13 (Reuters / EP)
The British Police has managed to stop the plan of the environmental group 'Heathrow Pause' to interrupt the air traffic of Heathrow airport by flying drones through the security zone with the aim of pressuring the authorities to initiate actions to reduce carbon emissions.
An airport spokeswoman has reported that the attempt to paralyze flights has been thwarted and “takeoff and landing strips are still operational.”
Police have arrested two men this Friday on suspicion of conspiracy to alter public order and have established a dispersal zone around the airport for 48 hours. Five other suspects were arrested Thursday for the same reason.
The environmental platform has explained on Twitter that the airport authorities have inhibited the frequencies to thwart the flight of drones and have published a live video in which several activists appear in the immediate vicinity of the airport.
“We have a small technical failure, the drone does not fly,” said one of the activists in the video, while another holds the drone in sight. “Unfortunately, at this moment I have no news about the steps to follow,” he lamented.
The Police had assured that the threats of the group 'Heathrow Pause' would not be fulfilled and the situation given at Gatwick airport would not be reached in December 2018, when the presence of several drones caused the closure of air traffic in the area. In addition, security forces warned that disrupting air traffic and flying drones without permission are very serious crimes.
The group had announced that the drones would fly at eye level and were not intended to cause any damage. The airport has qualified the counterproductive and criminal platform plan.