Airports in London will use drones as part of airport security, after an 18-month study by the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters discovered drones may end up being "transformative."
A one-year trial was successful at Gatwick airport, and now drones will be deployed for use at Heathrow, Luton, Stansted and City. Drones and related technology will be issued to police agencies over the next 18 months, according to officials.
Even with police interested in drone flights, with the same officials responsible for complaints related to drone misuse, privacy experts are worried about this latest development.
"The technology is transformative... with the new system we will be able to carry out missions around seven times faster than ground-based activity and at around 10 percent of the cost," said George Trebess, Inspector for the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters, in a statement during the Counter Terror Expo.