JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
My emails to the Mayor/City County folks was answered today.... Here is the text...:
"To: Jeff Miller
Subject: RE: Talk To Us System Message
Your email got forwarded to me... imagine that.
I think you know the answer you're going to get by now: even with
advanced notice, you may still be subject to scrutiny. Basically, there
is no way to let everyone know why you are there. Inevitably, somebody
doesn't get the word, and most people fall back on their training: to be
on the lookout for those who do not belong in the area.
Essentially, those signs are there so that we can control who does and
doesn't have access to that area, and quite frankly, Airport Operations
doesn't want a lot of people up in that area. There have been enough
credible threats against airports and airlines recently to justify a
certain level of paranoia. Even when your intentions are innocent, most
of those people have no way of knowing that. And right now, we don't
have the time or manpower to do background checks on people who simply
want to photograph airplanes. It's hard enough keeping up with everyone
who is actually doing business out here.
As I have told you before, this is simply the nature of the industry we
work in and I don't see that changing any time soon. You can continue
to let us know when you're going to be up there, but again, that doesn't
guarantee you won't be scrutinized. Since you are on airport property
up there, an airport operations person or Denver police officer does
have the right to tell you to leave. It's generally a judgment call on
that person's part, as you have probably seen in some of your
conversations with different entities. But the letter of the law says
you shouldn't be up there and that's what many people will choose to
Again, I know this isn't the answer you want to hear, but it's the only
one I have.
Public Relations Office
Denver International Airport
and my response:
Talk about a runaround.. This is incredible, but not unexpected. I do appreciate you taking the time to respond to the inquiry I made via the City's web site. In addition to this inquiry, I have been in touch with the Denver Police Department, the TSA, Airport Operations (Rxxxxx Dxxxxxxx, Exxx Hxxxl) DIA Security (Mxxx Nxxxx) and a Mr. Cxxxx Cxxxxx, Director of Public Affairs.
Those of us wishing to take photographs from that area are not against being scrutinized. Actually the opposite applies, we have been patient, and we understand that recent events have changed paranoia levels. Paranoia is one thing, common sense another, I think you will agree. You say you "don't have the time or manpower to do background checks on people who simply want to photograph airplanes." Yes, we simply want to photograph airplanes, well put, I could not have said it any better. Do we need a background check to do so? We have offered.
The posted signs say permission must be granted from the City and County of Denver. Do you legally represent the City and County of Denver in this matter? If not, all I would like to know is who does so I may contact them. What is so strange about this is the fact you at one time mentioned us paying for access. Does that make us less of a threat? Less of a draw on manpower? I have received a far different response from a few of the people I have spoke to about this, none of them mentioned payment.
Again, I appreciate your time and patience with me. I will notify operations of any future visits, and encourage the Denver Police to stop by, they have always been welcomed by our group of photographers, and understand our intentions. I do not yet consider this matter closed, as I am still in discussions with the above individuals, and still have a few more people up the chain to inform.
Thanks once again,
This is from the guy I used to call 48 hours in advance for access to the hill. Then he told me he had no authority to allow me access, and thus the beginning of the "battle". Now all of a sudden he has the authority to say NO? I still have calls in to 4 other people, so, don't get upset with this guy's response. Just an update for you. I've got a new camera and spiffy lens to take up there and try out!
Fireguy274 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 299 posts, RR: 8 Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2491 times:
The way I see it is if you push it enough you will have no access at all. I see at least this point you may still be able to go there. If you piss this guy off enough you may not even have the chance to be there.....I know it sucks but its reality right now....Stay safe ....Artie
Atomother From United States of America, joined May 1999, 439 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2484 times:
You can continue to let us know when you're going to be up there, but again, that doesn't guarantee you won't be scrutinized. Since you are on airport property up there, an airport operations person or Denver police officer does
have the right to tell you to leave.
So, they can tell you to leave but will they arrest you?
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2448 times:
We don't have ANY access up there as it is. So this is a "nothing to lose" type situation.
That is the question of the year I guess.... I am going to try parking at the end of that dirt road...the one close to 96 and Queensburg, near the fuel farm. Technically, that area should be o.k. based on what the sign says.
Interesting? I have been playing this game of "tag" for over a year now... errrrrrrrrrrr......... It has gone past interesting. I just want an answer from someone other then a Public Relations guy...
I need Tom Martino, or one of those t.v. news channel troubleshooters...
Vafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 18 Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2443 times:
I guess we can go to some news agency in Denver and have them do a story on it, but it won't help anything. It'll make them look like idiots (duh) and make us look geeky, it won't really give others sympathy, and no outcry or protests with big banners saying *Give us the hill by 16!!!*
I remember you have contacted the mayor or governor or someone, how did that turn out?
I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
Bronko From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 805 posts, RR: 12 Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2421 times:
Do you have, or have you considered a Concealed Handgun Permit? You will be subject to a full background check, and you do not need to own a gun to have the permit. If you were stopped, and the officer checks your permit, they will know that you do not own a gun.
This would provide the means of an FBI background check, without using the airports resources.
Very drastic, but something I have thought about. Fortunately, I have had no problems where I photograph, which is BFI.
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1572 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2413 times:
I had a CCW issued by Adams County, but it has since expired. I need to get it renewed through Denver County. I just haven't been motivated to take care of it lately. Somehow, I don't think either ops or the Denver PD will accept a CCW in lieu of them running a background check even though they are exactely the same. Common sense doesn't seem to be present in a lot of this.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 52 Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2387 times:
That weapons permit is a good idea, but as Mark mentions, I don't think common sense is making an appearance here, at least at the moment. I have something even better, I have held a TS clearance in the past, all that info is on file, and I believe it probably has been checked. Their point is that they don't want to mess with having to check anyone. It is a bother...and easier to just put up a sign, and have the PD run us off.
Greg, I have been trying for over a year to find out just who to make the appointment with. And it has been my experience that just walking up without having an appointment won't get you the desired result.
I intend to push as many buttons as I can. I have a similar request 95% through the red tape department at Buckley AFB. All I had to do there was make a phone call, and forward copies of my I.D. and drivers license. And they have much more sensitive stuff there then DIA does.
A340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1975 posts, RR: 25 Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2313 times:
For what it's worth, when I went up to DEN 2 weeks ago, I spoke with Cxxxxxx, the public relations mgr, and said that I was going to be on the hill overlooking the Frontier gates by their ops building. He was okay with that area and I spent the good part of 3 hours shooting F9, Ted and QX planes taxiing by.
I was asked once by an airport ops police vehicle what I was doing, advised them I was photographing airplanes and that I had cleared it with Cxxxxxx ahead of time...they said okay and away they went.
Just a thought, but would calling him before every time you go out there do anything to help, giving him a time frame, your license plate and type of vehicle, etc.? Been doing that down here in Houston with success ever since the Super Bowl...
"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
A340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1975 posts, RR: 25 Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2268 times:
Si senor...I had dealt with him a few years ago when trying to shoot a video for the big company in Boston and couldn't get far because of post 9-1 times, but just spending a few hours overlooking terminal A was fine, mainly because of the call ahead and that it's right next to their offices where I'm sure they were checking me out...
"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
Rsmith6621a From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 194 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
Not to get political or ridiculous......
Its time like this Ill bet having a certain Uncle Tom that lives in DC would be of great help...........
I wish the airport authorities would really get back to using their brains instead of their a$$es.........their philosophy is that the threat is only limited to the immediate area around the airfield......Wrongo!!!!!!.....Jeff being a Ex military guy you know what I mean.
The bottom line is they just don't want to hassle with us. I wish they would look to the MAN experiment over in Britain.....at least they have realized the spotters could be a great addition of eyes and ears.
Digital-cavu From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 142 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2216 times:
Rsmith, I sooooooo agree with you! It's the area 5 miles or more away on the extended runway centerline they should be worried about. Any nutball who knows even a little bit about weapons wouldn't stand on airport property and do anything.
We're experiencing the same paranoia in Boston. I started a thread a couple of weeks ago, and got essentially the same advice that's been left here. The simple fact of the matter is, the FAA has given local authorities carte blanche with respect to allowing or disallowing photography. Orlando has a process to allow it. Boston is a total police state in a bottle.
I've got the text of an FAA message regarding photography at airports I can post if anybody is intersted.
Take care all.
United States Navy submarine sailor turned aviation photography geek.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5035 posts, RR: 16 Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2211 times:
You guys should at least be lucky you have another area to shoot from, relatively hassle-free. You dont know what some of us go thru just to get one photo. In fact, if you find a cheap airfare to HSV I'll be happy to show you how bad it can be.
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
25 BDLGUY: I've got the text of an FAA message regarding photography at airports I can post if anybody is intersted. Yes, I am interested. Thanks a lot! John Per
26 Vafi88: Yeah, I'm pretty interested about that memo from the FAA, You'll have to post some stuff.
27 Digital-cavu: Okee dokey...here's what the FAA says: "The FAA does not have regulations that relate directly to photography at airports. 49 CFR Part 150, Protection
28 Rsmith6621a: Boy...... Talk about VAUGE that CFR takes the cake. Thanks for sharing this.