London, December 26: Britain's security minister on Tuesday said that those who use drones either recklessly or for criminal purposes would face severe punishment. Security minister Ben Wallace told the media, they are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the UK to combat this threat. These comments came days after some drones were sighted near the runway at Gatwick airport leading thousands of passengers stranded ahead of the Christmas holiday.
Also, British Security Minister Ben Wallace said on Monday the government can now deploy drone detection systems nationwide, after days of device sightings caused chaos at Gatwick Airport and criticism of the government response.
UK’s second-busiest airport was forced to close its only runway repeatedly last week due to numerous reports of drones, impacting nearly 1,40,000 passengers and leading to the deployment of soldiers.
“We are able to now deploy detection systems throughout the UK to combat this threat,” Wallace said in a statement.
But he warned: “The huge proliferation of such devices, coupled with the challenges of deploying military counter measures into a civilian environment, means there are no easy solutions.”