>> Travel mayhem hit a major British airport on Thursday as authorities said drones flew over its airfield in a deliberate effort to disrupt flights. The British government is calling the incident a reckless attempt to cripple Gatwick outside London, and the military has had to deploy unspecified equipment to the travel hub.
>> Clearly the most important thing here is the safety of the public. And that's really where we're at, and this is why we're in this situation.>> Many planes grounded for more than 17 hours. Some airlines have been forced to cancel all flights coming in and out. The incident has caused chaos for passengers flying during the holiday season, with some 115,000 people set to pass through.
Police said there was no indication that the incident was related to terrorism, as they hunted without success for the operators of the drones that appeared late Wednesday.>> 9 o'clock last night, a drone was seen by two different members of staff. And since then, that drone has appeared and reappeared all through the night.
We reopened at 3 AM for 45 minutes, and then the drone reappeared again.>> Gatwick has said flights would remain grounded until further notice, but apologized on Twitter, saying safety was its foremost priority. The UK, like many countries, has stringent laws against flying drones near airports without a permit for safety reasons.
Meanwhile, there was a scare at another European airport the same day, this time in Germany. Police showed up at Stuttgart's airport in force after local media reports claimed Islamic suspects were seen spying on the facility. Police wouldn't confirm the veracity of these claims.