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User currently offlineAviationLawyer From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

I am traveling to China over the summer. I have read that taking pictures in airports or of airplanes is not permitted. Is there anyone out there who can confirm this? Or is there anyone out there who knows, first hand, if this policy is enforced? Thanks.

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User currently offlineFastGlass From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Photography is sensitive at Chinese airports, but have you noticed how many pictures do in fact get taken there? If you plan on shooting, don't advertise it. You'll get busted if you roam around the airport perimeter, and I don't know what the consequences would be.

However, shooting from terminal windows (after security check and the other BS), usually isn't a problem as long as you are discreet. Keep the cameras in the bag until its time to grab the shot. Just do it quickly and get the camera back into the bag promptly.

For years at HKG Kai Tak there were signs prohibiting photography posted all over the place, but I never saw anybody enforcing it. I think it also depends on where in China you are. I don't envision problems at major international Chinese airports, but if you venture inland that's another story.

User currently offlineCrewChief32 From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 418 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

I have been to Beijing (PEK) a few years ago, in December of 1994 and spent 6 days from sunrise to sunset (well, during winter the days are quite short but very cold) at the fence next to the taxiway that leads to runway 36L and I had absolutely no problems with police or the military!!!

Maybe I was just lucky.....


User currently offline1stspotter From Netherlands, joined Jun 1999, 521 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2092 times:


I have been standing at the same spot at the fence at Beijing airport like CrewChief32 did and had absolutly no problems with the authorities. There is military presence at the airport in the form of guards. They have posts every couple of 100 meters along the perimeters. But they are used to spotters and smile when they pass you on your bike.

Took lots of photos without a problem. Have read many reports of other spotters, not only in Beijing but also other airports and they did not experience problems.

So no problem at all. If you are unlucky you wil meet a grumpy military guard that tells you to put away the camera. But this happens at European airports as well once a while (Paris, Rome, Madrid)

best wishes,

User currently offlineMirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

I think it's worst in the land of freedom (USA) than in China.


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4082 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2076 times:

Looks like someone wants to turn this into a political debate! Ever been to either the US or China?


"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineGeorge From Netherlands, joined Apr 2000, 115 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

Hi, and again, also I was in Beijing (last october) at the spot of CC32 and Marcel, no problems for the whole day.

Regards, George

User currently offlineCrewChief32 From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 418 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2065 times:


I don`t want to continue a political debatte, but I believe you will agree that it is far more likely to get in contact with the authorities at NYC, especially at JKF rather than in Beijing????


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4082 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2063 times:

Firstly, I want to say, that I was not trying to wave the flag or turn this into an us vs them debate. However when a very blanket statement like that is made, and it is without substance or merit, then I feel that I must speak up.

I do agree about JFK, but the we have to look at LAX, MIA or most of the other major airports in the US, where there is little or no interference or restriction on photography(aside from the occassional overzealous security guard or police officer). Most airport authorities (in the US the cities or counties own the airports) and FAA are usually OK with photography, just as long as you are not trying to scale a parimenter fence or illegly trying to access a secured area, namely the airside operations area (AOA). Suffice it to say had he merely pointed to JFK as an example, then I never would have responded.

Although I have been to China, I have never photographed aviation there, so I can not speak on whether it is safe to shoot at Capital City Airport in Beijing or Shanghai.


"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 days ago) and read 2031 times:


Thats a pretty bold statement...

At a lot of US airports there are dedicated spotting/photography areas!!


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User currently offlineH. Simpson From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 949 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

USAFHummer, "At a lot of US airports there are dedicated spotting/photography areas!!"

but a lot don't, man!
Ok, usually, if you don't act like a idiot or stupid move, most of the time you really had no problem. I went to LGA in NYC last weekend and I took 48 photos with absolutely no problem. Those security just standing at the side, singing rap songs, can hanging around, they were even more suspicious than me!

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

My main problem spotting was in the states, not China.

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