Pilots worried chemtrail conspiracy theorists may try to shoot down airliners

Jet pilots fear ‘chemtrail’ attacks | The Australian

AIRLINE pilots fear their jumbos could be shot down by conspiracy theorists who believe they are being poisoned by commercial aircraft.

The conspiracy theorists are part of a global “chemtrail” movement that claims jets are spraying toxic chemicals over heavily-populated towns and cities around the world.

“Threats to shoot down aircraft or harming pilots are becoming more prevalent, overt and alarming,” says Mike Glynn, a current airline captain and former vice-president of the Australian and International Pilots Association.

While most can be discounted as empty threats, there remains the possibility that some unhinged individual or group may act. It is beginning to cause consternation in pilot ranks.

Sydneysider Robert Hoogenboom and Melbourne actor Peter Kusznir are part of the movement, although both say they advocate peaceful protestand there is no suggestion that they have made any threats or engaged in any violent conduct.

News Ltd can reveal that Mr Hoogenboom was one of a small group of activists being observed by Australian Federal Police at Sydney Airport last December as they were waiting to question pilots they believed were flying aircraft spraying toxins.

A famous skeptic once said, “You have to be crazy to try to kill the president, but not so crazy you attack him with a slice of baloney.” Hopefully that axiom applies to the chemtrailers. Hopefully they’ll just stick to spraying vinegar to kill chemtrails.

  4 comments for “Pilots worried chemtrail conspiracy theorists may try to shoot down airliners

  1. melissa lenz
    November 1, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I hope so too…. Its a sad thouight you would kill someone for something they are not doing. Even if they were doing it killing is not the answer.

  2. November 1, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Thankfully it’s pretty rare that conspiracy cranks act on their beliefs, but it won’t surprise me if this does eventually happen.

  3. am_sci
    November 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    I would imagine it isn’t easy to destroy a large aircraft with the sort of weapons a typical civilian has access to. Even if there are parts of the aircraft vulnerable to a single bullet (if you know of any, keep it to yourself), imagine the extraordinary aim that would be required to hit such a fast moving, distant target. I wouldn’t worry too much.

  4. Brian
    November 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    I hate to screw up people’s hobby- but model rockets, google know how and ONE stupid nut would be all it would take.

    Or, military grade rockets, and one agent trying to discredit the entire conspiracy bunch (under orders) would be all it’d take….

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