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User currently offlineMxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 422 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3341 times:

Hi people,
I dont know if its the right forum but I have a question.
Yesterday I was on a Air One flight from FCO to LIN and during taxing the crew does the usually announcement that the use of electronical things like computer phones was forbidden. I was using my digital olympus and then he told me to off it and I wasn't very agree,simply because no one told me never something about this.
Question: is ok taking photos with digital camera or had reason?
Thanx
Alberto

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User currently offlineAlex22 From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 71 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3318 times:

Hello,
I usually take a lot of pics during taxi, take-off and landings. Many F/A have seen me using my 20D on those moments and none of them ever said anything about it.
Now maybe they think it's not a digital camera ? I don't know...
On an IB flight from GVA to MAD I asked the F/A if it was ok to use it as I was on row 2 and very visible from the front of the plane. She looked at me as if it was some kind of silly question and said there was no problem.

Alex


User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3305 times:

The main reason they tell you to put your camera away before takeoff is in the case of an emergency stop.

If you've got the camera up against your eye and then for whatever reason the takeoff is aborted, the PIC will be hard on the brakes so you'll be forced forward while sat your seat, meaning there's a fair chance you could damage your eye.

I also once got a telling off but since then I've waited until the cabin crew are sat in their seats for takeoff and only then did I get the camera out of my bag. That way you can snap away without any hassle  Smile

Dale



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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12040 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3279 times:
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Quoting DColeMAN (Reply 2):
I also once got a telling off but since then I've waited until the cabin crew are sat in their seats for takeoff and only then did I get the camera out of my bag.

This is normally what I do as well!

I tuck my camera next to me on my seat so it can't be seen when the cabin crew do their last walkthrough. I also wrap the strap round my wrist so that my camera and I won't part company!



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User currently offlineB737200 From Malta, joined Feb 2005, 224 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3279 times:

I used my camera with no problems during take-off and taxi on my last to flights with Lufthansa. I have a D70 which isn't that hard to spot.

Though I must say that whilst taking-off I stopped using it because the whole rolling down the runway at high speed with the possibilty of an aborted take-off made me a bit uncomfortalbe having the camera against my eye and face. But I wasn't told anything by the F/A.



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User currently offlineMxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 422 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3261 times:

In fact i usually wait until crew is seated but was my first time in FCO. But sounds me very strange because told me never nothing and i dont really no if digital camera disturbs the flight.
Thanx
Alberto


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1496 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3215 times:

All the flights I have been on in the last two years I have never had a problem.

Like Alex22 I use a 20D and from a distance it looks like a regular film SLR.



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User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2725 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

I dont make a big deal about it and when they walk by i just hide it beside me and they dont bother me


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User currently offlineNPAir From Malta, joined Jul 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

Hello Dale,

it's indeed a very good point you made. I never thought about the potential of self-injury this way.

Regarding Alberto's experience I would imagine the main concern about electronics is to not interfere with navigational instruments. Since a digital camera is not sending out any signals it would be silly for an FA to request it to be turned off on those grounds.

But, as my grandmother always says...75% of people are really stupid...and it's distributed evenly around the world. Perhaps the FA thought you could take over navigational control for the a/c with your digital camera...those little things are very smart you know  hyper 

Richard


User currently offlineKukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

On KM they say you have to turn off electronic equipment including CD players and camcorders. They don't specifically mention digital cameras so I take the benefit of the doubt. I've never been asked to put it away, though I don't shoot during the take-off roll.

Having said that I was once on an AZ flight and I went to the back to try a cabin shot. A stewardess asked me if my camera was digital. As it happened I was using a film SLR because my normal digital p & s was away for repair at the time, so she let me be.



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3062 times:

I have never once had an issue with my 20D/300D + 18-55 on any of the flights I have flown (What better way to come back than a plug-fest?  crazy  )


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If they do ask you, just tell them it's film and hope they're stupid enough to leave you alone. I have, however, been removed off a flight (after we had landed) because my picture taking was getting in the way of their turn around. And when I went on the epic adventure of N214WN, the crew went outside the front door for me, with my camera, to take pictures...

Take care,

Matt



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3039 times:

I usually just hide the camera under the seat in front of me or under the blanket provided on most flights.

Chris



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User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

As I've said before in this type of thread, I generally keep the camera out of sight until the cabin crew are sat down in their take-off positions.

I've never had any problems having the camera out in-flight or during landing.

Tim.



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User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3014 times:

Quoting NPAir (Reply 8):
Perhaps the FA thought you could take over navigational control for the a/c with your digital camera...those little things are very smart you know   

Well it doesn't suprise me with the amount of gormless trolly dollies these days   

As I previously stated, the main reason is for safety rather than (eg) navigational issues. Never had a problem inflight though, infact one or two have been quite interested and asked questions about my hobby etc.

Same goes for the landing though, I only pull the camera out when the crew are seated.

Dale

[Edited 2005-09-26 22:16:33]


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