Are Crop-Dusters Terrorists?
They’re perhaps not the traditional business aircraft operation but, these days, anyone who hangs out around aircraft is suspect. "They" are crop-dusters -- er, aerial applicators, or agricultural operators -- and, according to an article in The Wichita Eagle, have been subject to new scrutiny by the FBI in recent months. The newspaper reports that more than 3,000 people involved in agricultural operations have been questioned by the feds as a result of lingering worries that the slow and lumbering but specialized aircraft could be used to launch some kind of terrorist attack. There have been no arrests, according to the article, which was based on documents submitted to the commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks. Much of the federal inquiry -- into agricultural and other types of operators -- has been conducted since Iraq II began in March 2003. According to the article, the inquiry is continuing. Don’t worry -- they’ll get to you, soon.