Drone sighting temporarily halted departures at Heathrow Airport in London

Drone sighting temporarily halted departures at Heathrow Airport in London

Flights have resumed at Heathrow Airport after a brief suspension amid reports of a drone sighting.

An airport spokesperson said they were working with the Metropolitan Police earlier and had stopped departing flights "as a precaution".

It added it first received the reports at about 5:05 p.m. Tuesday.

She said: "As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate".

Passengers at Heathrow Airport reacted with disbelief on social media.

This incident comes after operations at Gatwick Airport, about 30 miles southeast of Heathrow, were brought to a screeching halt amid the busy Christmas travel season because of drone sightings there.

"We've been sitting on the runway at Heathrow for like an hour and a half", another person said. Drones were reportedly spotted at the airport 67 times and authorities detained and released two suspects following investigations.

Arriving planes, however, continued to land at Heathrow.

Gatwick and Heathrow officials have pledge to invest in anti-drone technology, with United Kingdom transport secretary Chris Grayling saying to Parliament on Monday to extend drone exclusion zones near United Kingdom airports.

Heathrow and Gatwick recently also spent millions of pounds on military-grade anti-drone equipment.

Between December 19 and 21, Gatwick was repeatedly forced to close due to reported drone sightings, causing mass disruption to passengers, with about 1,000 flights affected.

On Tuesday, the Government announced a package of measures created to give police extra powers to combat drones. This is to be combined with the ability to issue up to £100 fixed penalty notices on the spot to anyone seen operating a flying toy in a rogue-like fashion, and an extension of exclusion zones around runway ends at airports.

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