The Man Who Tricked Chemtrails Conspiracy Theorists

By Michael Allen via VICE United States

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Some airplane condensation trails, which conspiracy theorists believe are “chemtrails.”

The chemtrails conspiracy theory has been circulating for a while among the same sorts of people who believe that 9/11 was an inside job and celebrities are being controlled by the CIA. In brief, chemtrail enthusiasts think that those white trails of vapor you see pouring out of planes are actually nasty chemical or biological agents that governments are using to geo-engineer the weather, create a vast electromagnetic super-weapon, control the population, or—well, you get the idea. There’s no science or proof whatsoever behind this, but plenty of people are still willing to entertain this vaguely supervillain-esque notion.

Chris Bovey in Argentina

Chris Bovey in Argentina

On October 1, Chris Bovey—a 41-year-old from Devon, England—thought he’d troll the chemtrails camp. During a flight from Buenos Aires to the UK, his plane had to make an emergency landing in São Paulo and dumped excess fuel to lighten the load. Since he had a window seat, Chris decided to film all the liquid being sprayed out of the wing next to him.

Touching down, he uploaded the video with a caption that suggested it could be evidence of chemtrails, hoping to mess with a couple of friends who he knew might fall for it. The video now has 1.1 million views, nearly 20,000 shares, and dozens of comments telling viewers to “wake the F up,” or accusing naysayers of being “stupid paid shills.”

He then claimed (falsely) that he’d been detained at Heathrow upon arrival, been interrogated by the authorities, and had his phone confiscated. That riled everyone up even more, with “conspiraloon” (Chris’s term) website NeonNettle.com picking up the story and reporting it as evidence of chemtrails.

The video Chris filmed from his seat:

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2 responses

  1. I am not a fan of chemtrail conspiracies but one incidence of a jet dumping fuel is not any explanation at all. It is not the high altitude vapor trails, which quickly dissipate that people are concerned about. It is the low altitude and wide dispersal of unknown substances that breed conspiracy theories.

    1. The significance of this hoax is how it demonstrated the scary tendency of many conspiracists to blindly accept evidence as proof of chemtrails absent a scintilla of critical thinking.

      Chemtrails cannot be explained because they do not exist.

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