The objective is to prevent airport disruption of the type which recently impacted on London Gatwick (whose ownership was recently vested with French airport and motorway services operator Vinci.
The French company has taken a 50.1% stake in Londons' second largest airport and will pay around £. 2.9Billion. Vinci manages some 46 in France, Portugal, UK and facilities in the USA, Latin America and Asia.)
Police powers will enable search premises searches, the seizure of drones and any associated electronic data - where a serious offence has been committed and a warrant is secured.
For lesser drone offences, police will be empowered to issue fixed-penalty notices, with fines of up to £100 for a variety of arrestable offences: failing to comply with an officer when instructed to land a drone and/or not showing the registration required to operate a drone.
Registered drone users will also need to take a CAA monitored online competency test.
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