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Drones cripple Gatwick Airport

Passengers wait in the queue for check-in in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure because of drone activity, in Gatwick, Britain, December 21, 2018. A mystery saboteur wrought travel chaos for more than 100,000 Christmas travelers by using drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army.

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Passengers wait in the queue for check-in in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure because of drone activity, in Gatwick, Britain, December 21, 2018. A mystery saboteur...more

Passengers wait in the queue for check-in in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure because of drone activity, in Gatwick, Britain, December 21, 2018. A mystery saboteur wrought travel chaos for more than 100,000 Christmas travelers by using drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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An airplane takes off at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An airplane takes off at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An airplane takes off at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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An arrivals board in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An arrivals board in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An arrivals board in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Airport staff distribute chocolates and Christmas elf toys to waiting passengers in the South Terminal building, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Airport staff distribute chocolates and Christmas elf toys to waiting passengers in the South Terminal building, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Airport staff distribute chocolates and Christmas elf toys to waiting passengers in the South Terminal building, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Passengers wait in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Airplanes taxi before and after taking-off and landing at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Airplanes taxi before and after taking-off and landing at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Airplanes taxi before and after taking-off and landing at Gatwick Airport, after the airport reopened to flights following its forced closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. 

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Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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A police helicopter flies over the closed runway at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

A police helicopter flies over the closed runway at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

A police helicopter flies over the closed runway at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Stranded passengers are seen sleeping at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. Ani Kochiashvili/via REUTERS

Stranded passengers are seen sleeping at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. Ani Kochiashvili/via REUTERS

Stranded passengers are seen sleeping at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. Ani Kochiashvili/via REUTERS
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A police vehicle stands on the closed runway at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

A police vehicle stands on the closed runway at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

A police vehicle stands on the closed runway at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018.   REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Passengers wait around in the South Terminal building at Gatwick Airport, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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