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Gatwick airport reopens after 2 arrested for using drones to disrupt flights

A 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman have been arrested in connection with the “criminal use of drones” that forced the shutdown of London’s Gatwick international airport for two days, affecting 140,000 holiday travelers.

Police said the pair were from the small town of Crawley, near Gatwick.

No one had claimed responsibility for the bizarre incidents that began Thursday and forced the closure of the airport for 36 hours.

The industrial-grade drones would dart into the airspace, forcing the cancellation of flights, then disappear, only to reappear when authorities were set to resume flights.

Gatwick said flights had resumed on Saturday. A spokesman said around 1,000 aircraft had been cancelled or diverted during the ordeal. 

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