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Thumbs Up To Kmia Cops. What A Nice Change.  
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 23
Posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

I did post this on another thread but it seems to have been lost within another arguement. I have therefore posted its own thread for comments etc etc....  Smile

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On this point i have to just add a few points regarding my trip to MIA...

Day 1 : I was in the proper viewing/photo area. No problem even though the Sun was in the wrong place + the aircraft were on the wrong runways.... Still i spent a few hours there fighting a loosing battle.... Anyway for over 1 hr i had a Miami/Dade county police car watching me snap away. They did not bother me and had no problems at all....

Day 2 : The weather improved + the runways had changed so i went for an additional day at the airport.... The heat haze was a nightmare but still had fun.... Anyway after about 1 hour again in the official viewing area again a Miami/Dade county cop car parked up and watched me for 30 mins.... Then the car came over and the policeman wound down his window.... (Oh no i thought , based on my various days at LHR)

Cop :"Good morning sir i can see you taking photo's of the aircraft".

Me : "Good morning sir. Yes thats correct my hobby is taking pictures of aircraft. I put them on a website called A.Net. And even sell them... Would you like to see my id as i know you guys have a job to do and need to check me out".

Cop : "Sure" the cop replied in a polite manor and had a quick look at my passport. "

Me : "No problem i answered. I Then said "I checked out that this is the only place im allowed to be, are there any other areas im allowed".

Cop : Sorry No its just here your allowed (By the holes)..... I see your from the UK.

Me : Yes i am. Im here with the family on holiday and have a couple of days here in Miami ...

Cop : No problem sir have a good day and smiled as he drove off !!!

Ohhh well that was not to bad i thought....

Then an hour later another Miami/Dade county cop pull up and this time got out.... Oh f#### i thought what now.....

Me : Hi there.... I already had one of your guys check me out about an hour ago....

Cop : "Hello Sir". And he put out his hand to shake mine.... This i did (rather confused). "I came over as i wanted to check your equipment".

Me : "Oh ok. Do you want me to open my rucksack to check whats inside".

Cop : "Oh heck no , you have already been checked.... Im thinking of getting a Cannon 100-400 L and wondered what you thought of it... What camera and Lens is that your using..... Etc etc !!!!

Then we chatted about the pro's and cons of my 70-200 L +1.4 vs the 100-400 L for wildlife photos. After about 20 min he thanked me and went on his way... I was really amazed at the great attitude the MIA cops had. Very polite and far more friendly than the LHR police. It did make me feel a bit like screaming out "Why can't every airport cop be like here in MIA" !!!!! Mind you saying that i wonder how polite they would have been if i was in another area....

The only problem i had was when the EL AL 747 turned up. As is normal out came the EL AL security guys.... And they kept a very close eye on me from the other side of the fence.... Not sure if they called me in as within 10 mins another Miami cop car was watching me.... Made me feel quite important,all these people watching little old me..... Then i did start to wonder that im sure they had better things to do , like stopping crime

About 2 hours later the weather turned and i had to run for it when a huge thunder and lightning storm hit within moments..... Pity as the sun had started to go round to a far better side !!! Oh well !!!!

Sorry i just thought i would share that little lot with you...... So thumbs up MIA for a very photographer friendly airport. Well as long as your in the correct area anyway !!!!

Cheers
Simon C


Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Good to hear such nice stories coming from them.

What I think you should do is, write them a letter thanking them and commending them for their professional behavior. Could go a long way for yourself and for everyone around that airport.

Thanks for sharing your story, Simon.  Smile

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2744 times:

I may very well do that Phil.....

I thought i would share the story as it made just such a nice change to be RESPECTED and treated with RESPECT. Being ask about my photographic knowledge from the airport police came as a real shock.

Normaly most airport police treat use like at worst criminal scum. Or at best a pain in the butt who should not be there !!!!!!!  Sad

Cheers
Simon C
 Smile



Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

When I transited through MIA in January this year, i didnt have a single problem, even shooting inside the terminal didnt raise any questions... It was excellent :P


Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2723 times:

Yes i also took photo's inside the terminal at KMIA for over an hour with no problems whatsoever...... The glass was also crystal clear !!!!!  Smile  Smile

Simon C
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Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
User currently offlineKLGAviation From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 243 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2709 times:

I would like to add that Simon recieved respect because he showed it! Often, spotters don't understand that cops DO have a job to do. I can tell you that if you had showed a temper, KMIA cops would have had you formally questioned and then probably made you leave the area.

Hats of to Simon (in addition to the cops) for showing respect. It goes a long way!  Smile

Chris



There is a fine line between a picture and a photo. The latter seems to be disappearing.
User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2706 times:

Thanks Chris...

Im also a security manager on the cargo side at LHR so i know there just doing their job. But your are correct in what you say. Im sure if i had an attitude things would have been very different !!!

Cheers
Simon C



Canon 1D Mk III,Canon 20D+17-40 L f4.0,70-200 L IS USM f2.8,400 L USM f5.6,135 mm L f2.0, 50 mm f1.8,1.4 x II extender
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