Flights suspended at Britain's Gatwick airport after reports of drones

London's Gatwick Airport has been closed after drones sighted Wednesday and Thursday

"We advise everyone flying from Gatwick, or collecting someone from the airport, Thursday 20 December, to check the status of their flight".

While most nations prohibit drones from flying in pathways reserved for airliners, the millions of small consumer devices that have been purchased around the world can't be tracked on radar, making it hard for the authorities to enforce the rules.

A statement said: 'Following reports of two drones flying over the Gatwick Airport airfield, we have had to suspend flights while this is investigated.

"Our airlines are working to provide affected passengers with hotel accommodation or transport passengers landing at other airports to Gatwick by other means, and Gatwick staff are looking after passengers in our terminals".

London's Gatwick Airport remains shut while police and airport officials investigate reports that drones were flying in the area of the airfield.

Lyndsey Clarke, from Southend, said she was stuck on a plane for more than four hours after it was rerouted to Stansted.

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While some were diverted to other London airports, others have reported being sent as far away as Paris, Bordeaux and Amsterdam.

One traveller whose flight was diverted tweeted that passengers were not being told when they could continue to their destination.

The airline responded: "Sorry about that, Elly".

"Unfortunately, this incident has led to a number of flights being diverted to other airports and delays to flights departing from Gatwick". Flights were grounded and inbound planes were diverted elsewhere.

He added: "Update. Got a free can of Coke and Pringles".

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