Britain has sent troops to its second-biggest airport after an unprecedented attempt to cripple Christmas travel with large drones forced all flights to be cancelled.
As thousands of passengers waited at Gatwick Airport, south of London, on Thursday police hunted unsuccessfully for the operators of the large drones that reappeared near the airfield every time the airport tried to reopen the runway.
Police said there was no indication of a terrorism motive behind the devices, which first appeared on Wednesday night.
“We will be deploying the armed forces,” Defence Minister Gavin Williamson told reporters.
“We are there to assist and do everything we can.”