LHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4592 times:
Yes good though it may be how do i join !!!!!!! I am not a member of any clubs and do not wish to pay £28.00 to Join LAAS just so i can pay another £15.00 for the card.
As i live near LHR i do not need to join a club as i can get all their books etc etc from the many aviation shops around LHR (who sell LAAS books)
The only proof i have that i have been a spotter for 20 odd years is the fact i have been registered with A.Net since 2002. Also the fact i am now starting to have my own photo's on A.Net. Apart from that i cannot show anything !!!!
The stupid part about it is the fact i am a security manager for an airfreight company at LHR. Which means the DOT have records of my training etc etc. But as i cannot prove i have been a member of an aviation club before i cannot prove my hobby over the last 20 years !!!!!!
If anyone from LAAS visits this site i would be greatfull if they could help as i would be willing to pay the £15.00 for the card.
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Oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 7001 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
This has caused some debate in the UK.
How do you prove who and what you are? If you can prove your identity why another card to prove your hobby? Will you be shown 100 pictures and be asked to identify the aircraft, airline and airport and you need to get 75% right to pass and get your card? Will you need 3 references? Who referees the referees? What about casual visitors/photographers, not the die-hard ones. Who will confirm their credentials? What if you're not a member of a society? I'm not a member of any society and only visit my local airport occasionally. Is that the end of my hobby?
Will the ID card actually mean anything if you've done nothing wrong (yet) and can easily get one anyway? Will you be banned from a 5 mile radius of an airport if you haven't got an ID card?
You don't need an ID card to be vigilant and if anyone wants to get one for illegal purposes, they'll do what's needed to get one. All the ID will show is that you've got an ID card and your details will be on a computer somewhere. Were the 9/11 hijackers on a variety of computers and didn't one get a visa 6 months after 9/11?
Will it work in America? Will every airport security department, or police, want to take on the responsibility or just spending the time of vetting photographers/spotters, interviewing them, handing out ID cards, etc, etc. Will the cards be usable at different airports? Would an IAD card work at ORD or LAX or JFK or LHR/CDG/AB) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA, etc, etc?
Excuse the rant, but there are too many weak points that make such a scheme meaningless despite everyones' best intentions.
Tin67 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 268 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4565 times:
It's all on the website, there's an application form and as part of this you are required to produce a copy of your passport or driving licence.
Here's another section of the mail I received from CI Henson.
"The card does not confer any right of access, but is working towards three concepts:
1. Enthusiasts use their experience and knowledge of aviation to report suspicious activity.
2. Enthusiasts take a responsible attitude and help to discourage poor behaviour by the small minority who cause damage, block emergency gates etc.
3. Persuading airport authorities and police officers that spotters have a positive role to play in the fight against crime and terrorism. (Crime often leads to intelligence that relates to terrorism)"
It's not unusual to get moved on LHR and being able to produce this card and effectively work with the authorities can only be a positive move. I think so anyway.
You do not need an enthusiast’s card issued under this scheme to visit Heathrow. It is part of the Metropolitan Police efforts to combat crime and terrorism to ask everyone in the community to contact us if they see or hear anything suspicious. This can be on our anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789321, to a police officer or any police station.
JeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3267 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4558 times:
I have already been told by our Director of Security that no such cards will be considered, at least in the near future, as they provide nothing (less actually) than a normal driver's license already provides.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4499 times:
The scheme is a farce and I really don't think that the cards are worth the paper and plastic they're produced on. So, I apply and I fail the checks - what then? I still go to the airport and I don't have a card - so what, neither do hundreds of other enthusiasts. So are they going to ban people from airport perimeters if they don't have a card - I don't think so, and in any case that would go against the "these cards don't confer any rights of access" in the pre-amble.
Anyone can keep an eye out for unusual activity. I was at LHR last weekend and to be quite honest the few guys who were wearing "spotter" cards looked like right jerks.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 810 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4490 times:
Agreed - looking at the 3 terms listed above, card holders promise to behave themselves and to prove how good they'll be they get to pay for it
If there were one single benefit from having this card, I could see the point. How about BAA opening up the LHR viewing gallery for card holders? As it is it, how ever they dress it up, its effectively a money making scam.
Donder10 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 6660 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4464 times:
The card is essentially toothless - there are no background checks on the owner of the card.Secondly,most people from Europe won't even have heard of the scheme and many hundreds or even thousands come to LHR each summer.Thirdly,the most popular spot(arguably) is on public land.
Consequently it is a bit of a scam albeit not quite of Nigerian proportions.