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A drone shut down England's largest airport for 30 hours earlier this . Police are hunting for the people operated the drone. The police believe these people are "eco-warriors". These are who take part in protests or take to raise awareness of environmental . The drone prevented flights from leaving the UK's Gatwick Airport on Wednesday and Thursday. The airport was forced to close its . Over 120,000 travellers have been affected. Many of them were trying to fly for Christmas. Instead, they had to sleep on the airport floor or try to find from other airports. Some passengers spent nine hours sitting on a plane near the boarding .

The British government is now talking about the it can take if other people use drones to cause . They are worried people could use drones to attack airports, power stations and other important . Police said they were in "a game of and mouse" with the drone. They said: "Each time we believe we got close to the operator, the drone disappears; when we look to reopen the airfield, the drone reappears ." This happened many times. Hundreds of police and the British Army helped to find the drone's , but couldn't. The police are worried a drone could cause a to crash. The operator of the drone could face up to five years in .

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