A 26-year-old US citizen who was plotting to fly bomb laden remote controlled planes into the White House has been taken into custody to give the US law enforcement agency an opportunity to point at him and laugh. Rezwan Ferdaus claimed that he was going to create a ‘micro 9/11 to shock and awe the US people,’ however his attempts have been described as ‘more like a 1/1’ by experts who have analysed his equipment.
‘Mr Ferdaus’s planes are around a foot and a half long and do not have a very powerful motor, thus they could carry a maximum payload of around 100 grams, that would be enough to just about knock out a Sky dish. The best he could hope for was to cut off the President's TV signal in the middle of CSI.’
Due to the limited range of the plane's remote controls and the ‘foliage’ disguise he was planning to use to get close enough to his target, Mr Ferdaus’s ability to pull off the ‘attack’ is also being questioned.
‘The planes have a range of around 100 metres at the very most,’ explained a spokesman for Maplins who had supplied him with the equipment, ‘getting that close to the White House would make him pretty easy to spot and his disguise is unlikely to help. Everyone knows that, for reasons of national security, there are no longer any bushes in the area, thank God.’