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29 Aug 2019 | 06:53 AM UTC

UK: Activists threaten to fly drones over Heathrow Airport September 13

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Climate change activists threaten to fly drones over London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) on September 13 to cause authorities to ground all flights; associated flight disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/13/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London-Heathrow International Airport

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A recently formed climate change activist group called “Heathrow Pause” is threatening to fly drones over London Heathrow Airport (LHR) on Friday, September 13, if the government fails to meet their demands. Toy drones will be flown into the airport’s restricted air space in order to force all flights to be grounded. According to media reports on Thursday, August 29, the group claims the drones will not be flown into flightpaths and there is not a safety risk to travelers or airport workers. The activists are demanding that the government take greater steps to reduce greenhouse gases and to cancel the planned expansion of a third runway at LHR. Significant flight disruptions, including delays and cancelations, are possible if the action is carried out.


Travelers flying via LHR on September 13 are advised to monitor developments to the situation, confirm flight reservations, anticipate flight disruptions, and contact their airline for further information.


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