In late 2018, aerial drones created a major security incident at London’s Gatwick Airport requiring air traffic to be halted for over 24 hours in the midst of the holiday season, disrupting the travel of hundreds of thousands of passengers throughout Europe. In the wake of this, the question was naturally raised in the United States: Are we ready to handle an emergency like this here? The answer was a resounding “no.”
Two prominent trade associations – AUVSI, which represents the UAS community, and ACI-NA, which represents North American airports – were both struggling with the same problem: What can be done to mitigate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the airport environment? They decided to join forces in the search for a solution.