The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published guidance to help aviation operators and national authorities manage drone incidents near airports, a response to a number of recent events which have disrupted Europe’s air traffic at considerable expense to aviation operators, bringing inconvenience for passengers and posing a potential safety threat.
EASA’s “Drone Incident Management at Aerodromes” manual addresses unauthorised drone usage in the vicinity of airports. Such incidents may occur by accident — when individuals are simply not aware of the problems their actions may create – or due to individuals acting with deliberate intent to disrupt, such as activists. At the extreme, the actions may have criminal or terrorist motivation.
The manual includes guidance on how to ascertain whether a criminal offence has been committed, developed with input from law enforcement authorities.
(Source: https://www.unmannedairspace.info/emerging-regulations/easa-issues-guidelines-for-management-of-drone-incidents-at-airports/ )