Drone Sighting Halts Departures at Heathrow Airport

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LONDON — A possible drone sighting prompted officials at Heathrow, the busiest airport in Europe, to stop all departures on Tuesday evening, less than three weeks after Gatwick, Britain’s second-busiest airport, was shut down for parts of three days because of drone sightings.

The latest closure demonstrates how vulnerable the air transport system is to relatively low-cost interference, or even just the threat of it. The person or people behind the Gatwick episode of Dec. 19 to 21, at the heights of the holiday travel season, have not been caught.

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