AFP London, United Kingdom
Sep 13, 2019, 06.09 PM
London police deployed Friday a sweeping security cordon around Heathrow Airport and made seven arrests to thwart climate activists' efforts to shut down Europe's busiest travel hub using toy drones.
Campaigners from Heathrow Pause an offshoot of the Extinction Rebellion group backed by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg had hoped to disrupt the travel plans of tens of thousands of passengers from across the world over the weekend.
But their first miniature device failed to take flight after receiving no signal from its hand-held remote control.
"They are jamming we can't get the signal," one campaigner said in a video posted on social media from what appeared to be the airport's outer edge.
"The passengers will be happy. We are not happy."
A London police spokesman refused to confirm or deny the use of jamming devices.
"We do not discuss security tactics," the spokesman told AFP.