London's Heathrow airport is one of the busiest in the world, which climate change activists plan to leverage in an attempt to shut down the airport next month by intentionally flying drones nearby.
A group by the name of Heathrow Pause is attempting to create an "exclusion zone" around Heathrow Airport on September 13th by flying drones close enough to the airport to force air traffic controllers to shut it down. It would not be the first time air service was interrupted at the airport due to drone activity, but it would appear to be the first coordinated effort to intentionally disrupt it using drones.
Heathrow has been a hot-button topic for climate change activists given how busy it is, and with the airport considering a third runway that would increase its carbon output, it has seen renewed fury, with Heathrow Pause saying:
It is a crime against humanity — and all life on earth — to support carbon intensive infrastructure projects.
Like all airports, Heathrow has a wide no-fly zone around it to protect incoming and outgoing aircraft. The activists have been adamant that they will not fly the drones in the path of any aircraft, but even getting close to the airport would likely be enough to force it to shut down. It's not clear if officials plan to take any action to stop the protest before it begins.
Image of Heathrow Airport by Maarten Visser, used under Creative Commons.