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Flying Dutchmen Grounded

Squall 16, Summer 1998, pg. 38.

DARE-DEVIL DUTCH ACTIVISTS from Friends of the Earth reached new heights in their campaign to reduce the levels of air traffic at Schipol airport recently.

Angered by a growth in the number of loud and invasive flights being allowed by Dutch aviation authorities (which are already out of line with environmental standards set by their government) the have-a-go-hero protestors scaled the perimeter fence and locked themselves to the wheels of a KLM plane for three long hours. They were all subsequently arrested before being released the next day.

It is understood that it was only the threat of an in-flight meal which finally persuaded them to surrender.