Departures at London’s Heathrow have come to a standstill after a “drone sighting” in the area, the airport has said on Twitter.
The incident comes less than a month after suspected drone sightings caused chaos at Gatwick Airport, forcing flights to be canceled and disrupting travel plans for 140,000 people.
“We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow,” Europe’s busiest airport said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Heathrow and Gatwick reportedly spent millions of pounds on “military-grade anti-drone equipment” after the previous drone sighting scandal, which is still being investigated.
The December incidents prompted public uproar when it was revealed that some of the drone sightings in the area could actually have been police drones.
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