Airport Security: 3 Steps to Prevent the Next Gatwick Incident

An unauthorized rogue drone flying near the runway at London’s Gatwick Airport in late 2018 forced hundreds of flight cancellations, disrupted thousands of passengers during peak holiday travel, and cost Gatwick and affected airlines an estimated £20 million in lost revenue. The incident revealed that UK police, military, and government officials were unprepared to respond to unlawful drone incursions.

In this op-ed for the World Economic Forum, AirMap’s Chairman & Co-founder Ben Marcus reflects on the Gatwick incident and suggests concrete steps that airports and aviation authorities can take to keep airports safe from unauthorized or criminal drone activity.


  • Situation and impact
  • Implementing a registration mandate with easy-to-use technology
  • Enforcing civil aviation regulations with a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system
  • Combining UTM with counter-UAS system for a complete picture of an airspace operating environment

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23 January 2019

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