Extinction Rebellion delays drone protest at Britain’s Heathrow until after summer

FILE PHOTO: Cyclists arrive to take part in the Extinction Rebellion protest at the Tate Modern in London, Britain April 27, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Climate activism group Extinction Rebellion has postponed to later this year a plan to use drones to shut down Britains Heathrow Airport, saying it had designed new tactics to allay public fears over safety.

Last month aviation authorities went on the alert when the activists pledged to paralyse Europes busiest airport intermittently in June and July to highlight the damage that a planned third runway would cause to Earths climate.

Britains aviation minister warned any such action would be met with the “full force of the law” and Heathrow Airport said using drones would be reckless and could endanger lives.

Extinction Rebellion said it had decided to postpone the action, which was due to start on Tuesday, until after the summer after devising new drone protocols.

“Extinction Rebellion will not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year, aimed at causing disruption to holidaymakers and those planning to use the airport in this period,” the group said in a statement.

“The Heathrow Airport authorities will therefore not have to pause any summer flights.Read More

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