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.
The activists say contrails (the white vapour clouds that trail from aircraft exhausts) are actually “chemtrails”, and some believe that governments and airlines are involved in conspiracies to reduce population numbers.
Hoogenboom admitted he and two others went to Sydney Airport to talk to the pilots.
“It was simply to find out if they knew the planes they were flying were spraying chemicals,” he said.
“The evidence that commercial airlines are spraying is overwhelming, you can see it on (Youtube) clip after clip. We just decided to talk to an airline pilot.
“We got to the passenger exit and knew which gate they were coming out of, so we waited. We saw the cops and I kept on saying, `We’ve got to get out of here … because they’re waiting for us’. It turned out they were waiting for us. It was a bit of a fizzer. There were about 10 cops and then a couple of them went into the exit where passengers come out, and then 15 minutes later they turned up at another entrance, so they’ve lead the crew out somewhere else. The only thing we wanted to ask was if they knew their plane was spraying.
The Australian Federal Police confirmed the protesters were being monitored at the airport. “The AFP was aware of possible protest activity at Sydney Airport involving the group Chemtrail. As a matter of caution the AFP escorted a number of airline employees through an alternate exit,” a spokesperson said. The AFP would not comment on whether it was monitoring the activists.
Captain Mike Glynn, who describes some of the conspiracy theorists as having “room temperature IQs”, has attempted without success to reason with Kusznir and many others via willing online chat discussions, by providing scientific explanations for the contrails.
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