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  • Your-Mother 18 Dec 2018 18:11:40 2,445 posts
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    He hasn't got a leg to stand on
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 18 Dec 2018 18:12:18 5,179 posts
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    Wear suits, look somber and say "vulva" instead of "cunt". Or something.
  • DrStrangelove 18 Dec 2018 19:08:25 13,634 posts
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    Don't encurrydge him
  • Lukus 18 Dec 2018 20:33:13 21,738 posts
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    I used to think Dale-opher was pretty brave going through all that ill health, now I know he's nothing butter chicken.
  • challenge_hanukkah 18 Dec 2018 20:35:41 9,877 posts
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    Sweet then sour, eh?
  • senso-ji 20 Dec 2018 14:30:42 9,116 posts
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    Can't believe all these disruptions at Gatwick are being caused by some twats flying their £50 toy drones around near the airport. Insane that we now live in an age where the simplest of technologies can stop thousands of people from travelling and cost millions of pounds in repercussions. Aren't there rules on how far you can fly a toy drone from you, as well as how high it can go?
  • RichDC 20 Dec 2018 14:33:07 8,131 posts
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    I don't think whoever is doing this is particularly bothered about the rules.

    It's scary though how easy it's been to completely shut down an airport with little risk of being caught.
  • senso-ji 20 Dec 2018 14:36:36 9,116 posts
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    Right. My emphasis is on the manufacturers to do something to prevent drones from flying too high or far. The airports themselves should also implement drone catching tech. It's expensive, sure, but it's got to be cheaper than stopping all the planes from flying for a whole day.
  • Rogueywon Most Generous Forumite, 2016 20 Dec 2018 14:37:44 5,179 posts
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    @senso-ji There are rules. It's illegal to fly a drone within 1km of an airport boundary. If they catch whoever is doing this, they could theoretically face up to five years in prison. Judging by the coverage, this looks like deliberate disruption. For what it's worth, the drones in question are apparently "industrial models" and a good bit bulkier than the ones you can buy for £50 off Amazon.
  • senso-ji 20 Dec 2018 14:41:47 9,116 posts
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    @Rogueywon Some guy on Radio 4 who works for a Drone manufacturing firm has said he believes they are toys, not industrial models (I know the Police think they are) because commercial drones, he says, have GPS tracking on them and height/distance limitations. Apparently toy drone shave fewer limits on their design than their expensive counterparts, it seems.
  • RichDC 20 Dec 2018 15:11:18 8,131 posts
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    I'm sure anyone with a bit of knowledge can get around those GPS limitations.
  • Salaman 20 Dec 2018 15:17:49 23,487 posts
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    Rogueywon wrote:
    Judging by the coverage, this looks like deliberate disruption.
    Russia's at it again!
  • askew 20 Dec 2018 16:31:47 18,617 posts
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    RichDC wrote:
    I don't think whoever is doing this is particularly bothered about the rules.

    It's scary though how easy it's been to completely shut down an airport with little risk of being caught.
    Aye. If this is how well the country is coping with a couple of drones, I dread to think what March 30th 2019 will be like.
  • askew 20 Dec 2018 16:34:39 18,617 posts
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    When asked how the armed forces would assist, Mr Williamson responded: "Sadly at this moment it's not something we can actually reveal but the armed forces have a range of unique capabilities and this isn't something we would usually deploy but we are there to assist and do everything we can so that they are in a position to open the airport at the earliest opportunity."
    EMP blast :o
  • X201 20 Dec 2018 16:46:52 18,946 posts
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    senso-ji wrote:
    @Rogueywon Some guy on Radio 4 who works for a Drone manufacturing firm has said he believes they are toys, not industrial models (I know the Police think they are) because commercial drones, he says, have GPS tracking on them and height/distance limitations. Apparently toy drone shave fewer limits on their design than their expensive counterparts, it seems.
    They're hackable anyway apparently. a quick Google brings up loads of hacked firmware that turbo charges them and removes the geofencing etc.

    Edited by X201 at 16:47:15 20-12-2018
  • Dgzter 20 Dec 2018 16:49:06 2,619 posts
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    Probably Amazon. Bezos has been on the Tennants Super and just thought ‘Fuck it!’.
  • X201 20 Dec 2018 16:57:56 18,946 posts
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    Or someone who seriously doesn't want the in-laws to visit for Christmas.
  • up_the_ante 20 Dec 2018 17:13:32 927 posts
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    Amazing how many millions of pounds worth of disruption a couple of drones can cause
  • Psychotext 20 Dec 2018 18:04:07 64,702 posts
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    Problem is, unless they find these fuckers quickly (and jail them for a long time)... there will definitely be copycats.
  • challenge_hanukkah 20 Dec 2018 18:20:22 9,877 posts
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    Do drones like curry?
  • MrWonderstuff 20 Dec 2018 18:27:56 2,849 posts
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    Really surprised they haven't caught the operator.
  • thelzdking 20 Dec 2018 19:05:27 9,030 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    Or someone who seriously doesn't want the in-laws to visit for Christmas.
    Valid reason IMO.
  • mothercruncher 20 Dec 2018 19:08:52 15,914 posts
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    I imagine he’s hiding in a full ghillie suit somewhere and underneath looks a bit like this:

  • Drakesmoke 20 Dec 2018 22:34:22 515 posts
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    Just been reading a Reddit thread where a couple of apparently knowledgeable folk have stated all sorts of get-arounds. There is also apparently the possibility that it's automated on GPS rather than directly controlled.

    Given the lack of footage, I wonder if it's even real or some case of mass hysteria fuelled by social media. But that's as tin foil as I will get.

    Presuming it is real, the five year maximum sentence seems perhaps a little embarrassing given the economic damage caused.
  • X201 20 Dec 2018 22:50:14 18,946 posts
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    Drakesmoke wrote:

    Presuming it is real, the five year maximum sentence seems perhaps a little embarrassing given the economic damage caused.
    The five year limit is silly, but I’m sure when this person is found they’ll be charged under a different law that allows the judge to wield a larger bat
  • up_the_ante 21 Dec 2018 02:08:04 927 posts
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    It's these two, but they just came to take some footage of beautiful local church with their new toys
  • RichDC 21 Dec 2018 06:46:11 8,131 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    Drakesmoke wrote:

    Presuming it is real, the five year maximum sentence seems perhaps a little embarrassing given the economic damage caused.
    The five year limit is silly, but I’m sure when this person is found they’ll be charged under a different law that allows the judge to wield a larger bat
    My knowledge on sentencing law isn't that great, but I think that each instance of entering the airport space could be treated as a separate offence and then sentenced consecutively instead of concurrently as is the norm. That might be bollocks though. Sentencing law in this country is incredibly complex.
  • drhickman1983 21 Dec 2018 06:57:29 5,722 posts
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    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/20/labour-mp-fiona-onasanya-likens-her-conviction-to-that-of-biblical-figures?CMP=share_btn_fb

    Labour MP compares herself to Jesus after a speeding fine.
  • Dougs 21 Dec 2018 07:02:54 88,244 posts
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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-46634253

    Amazing.
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