Helpless Gatwick staff mobbed by hundreds of furious easyJet passengers caught up in drone chaos

Flights have been grounded since yesterday evening after the remote-controlled flying devices were spotted above the skies of one of the UK's biggest airports.

Stranded passengers were caught on camera bombarding the staff at Gatwick, waving tickets and shouting after more than 760 flights were cancelled.

The mayhem that has affected hundreds of families, ruining their Christmas holidays is set to continue through to Christmas Eve.

One service desk member attempts to address the ever-growing crowd of frustrated travellers but her voice is lost in the sea of bodies.

People were seen shaking their heads, biting nails and looking generally confused by the instructions being given by staff.

Both runways were shut last night after pranksters flew a pair of illegal drones over the airport.

Sussex Police said the suspects responsible for the security breach deliberately tried to delay flights.

Shocking footage posted online appears to show one of the drones hovering just yards away from a packed passenger plane.

Cops now have 20 units hunting for the drone operators – who could face up to five years in prison if caught.

The Army could also provide troops on the ground, helicopters or vans to help in the search.

But while officers scour the area – travellers have been left sleeping on airport benches and even in the planes themselves as they wait for information.

Passengers left were stranded inside planes for up to six hours and flights were diverted across the country during the height of the chaos last night.

It is the biggest disruption to Gatwick since the volcanic ash cloud in 2010.

A spokesperson said: "Following reports of two drones flying over the Gatwick Airfield, we have had to suspend flights while this is investigated.

"We apologise to any affected passengers for this inconvenience but the safety is our foremost priority."

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