The men and women – all aged between their 20′ and 50’s were held by police on September 12, ahead of the drone protest that is due to take place at the airport on September 13.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, said: “We have carried out these arrests today in response to proposed plans for illegal drone use near Heathrow Airport which protest group Heathrow Pause have said will take place tomorrow morning.
“Our policing plan is aimed at preventing criminal activity which poses a significant safety and security risk to the airport, and the thousands of passengers that will be using it. We have warned previously that arrests would be made if this activity continued.
“In these circumstances, we believe these arrests to be a proportionate response to preventing criminal activity that could significantly impact on a major piece of national infrastructure.
“We remain fully prepared for the planned protest tomorrow, and will work quickly to identify criminal activity and arrest anyone committing offences.”
The arrests were made on Pritchard’s Road in Bethnal Green in East London and on Hornsey Lane in North London.