Dublin Airport shut down over drone sighting

Drone Gatwick Airport passengers stuck

Drone Gatwick Airport passengers stuck

Transport spokesman Robert Troy TD said: "In the first instance I am glad that the disruption to flights in Dublin Airport was kept to a minimum and that all flights have resumed, however let there be no doubt about it, it could have been much more chaotic".

"The existing arrangements are in fact that the safety of passengers will be most important, our priority, and that's why the airport's been closed", he said.

United Kingdom police have not ruled out the possibility that the Gatwick drone chaos which hit the United Kingdom airport before Christmas may have been an inside job.

"The safety and security of passengers is always our key priority", said the airport in a tweet.

Citing "safety reasons", it said that flight operations were suspended "in line with agreed protocols for confirmed drone sightings".

Sussex Police has been helped by officers from Scotland Yard and three other nearby forces to help find the person responsible.

"Some delays may be experienced today as a result, but we'll be doing everything possible to minimise these", a spokesperson said on Twitter.

After Thursday's incident, Ireland's main opposition party Fianna Fail called for more government action. The attacker hid the drone behind buildings where it could not be taken down by anti-drone equipment.

In January, the Irish transport ministry said that it would carry out a "fresh detailed risk assessment" of threats to Irish airports, including those posed by drones.

According to The Times, two sources inside Whitehall say the drone was flown in front of air traffic controllers in an area where mobile phones were banned so they couldn't photograph or film it.

The misuse of drones around airports in Ireland is also an offences with a 5km (3mile) exclusion zone in place.

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