Frankfurt, Germany this week halted air traffic from their airport because of drone fears. The airport, along with several others in Europe, has had trouble with rogue drone flyers. As a precaution in the event of drone sightings near airports, the Frankfurt air control delayed flights for close to 30 minutes until the problem received action.
Frankfurt Airport Incident
Airports all over the globe – and especially in Europe – have tried many ways to prevent these drone sightings. These drone incidents have caused a lot of chaos for passengers both onboard a plane and on the ground below. The Gatwick incident for example, which occurred in the middle of the Holidays, last year, caused many delays in flights. It had a very massive exposure in the media worldwide, and even caused a witch-hunt among the people there for the culprit.
Drone regulations may soon see themselves tighten in the next few years. In Britain, the drone-ban increased from one-kilometer to now close to five-kilometers. This means that any drone flying within this area surrounding the airport would receive penalties and fines.
The incident in Frankfurt was not as chaotic as the Gatwick incident. In fact, it resolved rather quickly, with only 30 minutes of frozen flight schedules. The drone flew, according to reports, somewhere on the southern end of the airport.
The delay was more of a precautionary measure, and not a necessary one. The police investigated the area, found no trace, and cleared the airport to continue operations. No chaos among the passengers reported, as well as zero damage or injury of any kind.
It still begs the question, why would anyone fly a drone so close to an airport? Flying a drone can be fun, however it also holds a number of responsibilities. This particular incident did not incur any injury or accident. However, will the same case happen next time it happens?