Tens of thousands of passengers have been disrupted by drones flying over one of the UK's busiest airports.
Gatwick's runway has been shut since Wednesday night, as devices have been repeatedly flying over the airfield.
Sussex Police said it was not terror-related but a "deliberate act" of disruption, using "industrial specification" drones.
I'm sure we've talked about drones before in this thread: Will Robots & AI take over?, but there is no doubt that we are now entering the age of robots for good and in this case, for ill.
Various experts have been warning for years about the dangers that drones might pose to sensitive sights like airports, parliament etc, so why has no preparation been made against this threat?
On this occasion, this is not terrorist related, but next time the drones could be carrying a bomb, gas or even a nerve agent. We know who likes that particular substance...
The news mentioned that various countries already have measures in place to prevent drone attacks. One novel example is the Dutch who have trained birds of prey to take them down, but I'm sure that a laser would do the job just fine.
I wonder how long it'll be before we have a anti drone, drone??