Thousands of passengers have been affected after a runway at Gatwick Airport was closed due to drones being flown nearby. 

Gatwick announced that the runway had reopened at about 03:00 today, but 45 minutes later it was shut again after a further sighting of drones. Reports suggest that the runway will remain closed until 11:00 GMT today.

UK Civil Aviation Authority@UK_CAA

(1/2) It is totally unacceptable to fly drones close to airports and anyone flouting the rules can face severe penalties including imprisonment.

Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and observe all relevant rules and regulations…#Gatwick #Gatwick_Airport

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Lyndsey Clarke@LyndseyClarke10

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So Gatwick is shut due to drones so our flight TOM687 has been diverted to Stansted,so far we’ve been stuck on our plane for 4 hours.. a man has opened the plane door and put everyone at risk & then another guy says he’s a terrorist Living pure hell right now #GatwickAirport

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