December 21, 2018 / 7:55 AM / a month ago

Military technology used at Gatwick to allow flights - transport minister

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, arrives in Downing Street, London, Britain, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Military technologies have been deployed by the British army to safeguard Gatwick as it reopens for flights after 36 hours of drone disruption, transport minister Chris Grayling said on Friday, even as the perpetrator remains at large.

“What’s happening on the ground is a mix of measures taken to give confidence that aircraft can be safe... Some of those are military capabilities,” Grayling told BBC television.

“The reality is that this technology is only just emerging... there certainly isn’t a straightforward commercial, off-the-shelf solution that automatically solves all problems.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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