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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20 : Passengers stranded at Gatwick waited for updates on their travel options on December 20, 2018 in London, England. Authorities at Gatwick closed the runway after Drones were spotted over the airport on the night of December 19. The shutdown has sparked a succession of delays and diversions in the run up to the Christmas getaway. (Photo by Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty Images)

At a time when travelers are embarking on journeys home for the holidays, the second largest airport in the United Kingdom—Gatwick Airport—has shut down due to sightings of drones flying overhead.

The drones have resulted in chaos affecting over 110,000 passengers, not to mention the diversion of numerous flights that were scheduled to land at Gatwick before the sightings. Those flights have diverted their landings to London's Heathrow airport while some were forced to land other places in Europe. The airport isn't expected to reopen until Thursday afternoon.

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