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Airport Police Concede 'Huge' Drug Find Was a Bust

White powder was for vegan cakes

(Newser) - A suitcase containing 25 bags of white powder understandably caught the attention of police at London's Gatwick Airport. Tests on the powder and questioning began, the Guardian reports. In the end, police said, "It was determined these bags of powder were cake ingredients for a vegan bakery."... More »

Baby Abandoned at Airport in 1986 Tracks Down Father

Steven Hydes also found his birth mother, but there's some sad news with that

(Newser) - "Gatwick Gary" has found his biological parents. It's the end of what the New York Daily News calls a "long and emotional journey" for 33-year-old Steven Hydes, a UK man who was discovered in 1986 as a 10-day-old newborn in the ladies' room at Gatwick Airport near... More »

Gatwick Cops: Some of Those Drones Could've Been Ours

Chief constable says that 'there could be some level of confusion'

(Newser) - Remember the drone sightings that shut down Gatwick Airport for 36 hours and required military intervention to reopen it ? Well, it's possible that some of those sightings were of Sussex Police surveillance drones, the department's chief constable now says. "We will have launched our own Sussex... More »

Gatwick Officially Out of Suspects in Drone Mess

British cops release man, woman who were being held

(Newser) - British police now have zero suspects in the drone plague that shut down Gatwick Airport after releasing a 47-year-old man and 54-year-old woman who had been arrested Friday and charged with "criminal use of drones." The pair, Sussex Police tell the BBC , cooperated fully and "are no... More »

2 Arrested After Gatwick Airport Drone Chaos

More specifically, a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman

(Newser) - London's Gatwick Airport took strides toward running a full schedule Saturday as police questioned a man and a woman in connection with the drone intrusions that caused mayhem for tens of thousands of holiday travelers. Police said Saturday the suspects are a 47-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman from... More »

Military Deployed to Reopen Drone-Plagued Airport

UK transportation secretary calls disruption 'a new kind of attack'

(Newser) - After 36 hours of chaos caused by a rogue drone —or drones—flights resumed from London's Gatwick Airport early Friday, but the drone operator is still at large. Authorities at Gatwick say the runway was reopened and arrivals and departures resumed after the police and military introduced "... More »

Drone Sightings Cause Nightmare at UK Airport

London's Gatwick Airport has largely been shut since Wednesday night

(Newser) - It's not clear whether the motive was mischief or something more sinister, but somebody has managed to cause massive disruption at one of Europe's busiest airports by flying drones close to the runway. At least 10,000 passengers at London's Gatwick Airport were affected starting Wednesday night... More »

Librarian Makes Fake Bomb Threat In Order to Make Flight

The Frenchman by way of London was en route to Los Angeles

(Newser) - A librarian has been jailed after calling in a fake bomb threat so he wouldn't miss a flight. Per Reuters , Jacob Meir Abdellak, a Frenchman living in London, called in the hoax eight minutes before his Norwegian Airlines flight was slated to leave Gatwick Airport after staff wouldn't... More »

Tens of Thousands Affected by British Airways IT Failure

All airline's flights canceled out of London's largest airports

(Newser) - British Airways canceled all flights out of London's two largest airports Saturday—the first day of a spring bank holiday weekend in Britain—affecting tens of thousands of travelers. The problem stems from British Airway's IT system, the entirety of which apparently crashed worldwide, the AP reports. According... More »

London Airport Closed After Smoke Fills Plane's Cockpit

Virgin Atlantic plane was Orlando-bound

(Newser) - All flights have been suspended at London's Gatwick Airport today, after a Virgin Atlantic flight was forced to return to the airport and make an emergency landing. Smoke had been detected in the cockpit of the Virgin A330, which was headed for Orlando, the Herald Sun reports. Passengers, some... More »

Air India Fliers Stuck on Plane for 8 Hours

Waiting to be cleared to fly from London to ... London

(Newser) - Stunned Air India passengers found themselves trapped for eight hours on a fogbound plane sitting on the tarmac in London's Gatwick Airport. The real kicker? The flight's final destination was London's Heathrow Airport, just minutes away. As fury mounted, police were called to keep the peace, reports... More »

UK Breaks Up London Airport Monopoly

Gov't watchdog forces Heathrow owner to sell 2 other facilities

(Newser) - Britain's competition authority has ordered the country's largest airport operator to sell two London airports, reports the Guardian, in the biggest shakeup of air travel in decades. BAA will retain Heathrow but must sell Gatwick and Stansted airports, along with a Scottish facility. The watchdog said that only a radical... More »

Record Blizzard Cripples Britain

Chaos on highways, at airports amid White Nightmare

(Newser) - One of the heaviest snowstorms in 20 years has covered much of England with a thick blanket of white, wreaking havoc with transportation. London is at a virtual standstill with all city buses withdrawn from service because of driving conditions, schools shut down and several flights canceled at  Heathrow and... More »

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