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Taking Photos On Aeroflot And In Russian Airports  
User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9640 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 6119 times:

Hello. I am planning on flying to Russia next month on a multi nation trip. I will be flying Istanbul-Moscow-St. Petersburg on Aeroflot in Business Class on Tu 154s. I am really excited to see how the other great aviation power for much of the last century produced and operated its jets which had to operate in far more difficult conditions.

Aeroflot doesn't have the best website, so I was wondering if you are allowed to take pictures on board the plane. I know that in the United States that you can usually take photos if you are discreet, but I have no idea what policy Aeroflot has. Also is it ok to take photos within the terminals in Russia? I am asking because I know some countries do not allow photography.

I hope to write a trip report as there are very few about Russian flights, but I would like to know if it is ok to take photos. Has anyone flown Aeroflot or been to Russian airports and might know? I don't want to look like a stupid tourist that is up to no good.

Thanks for your help as all replies are welcome.


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User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6062 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Thread starter):
I was wondering if you are allowed to take pictures on board the plane.

Looks like you are allowed:

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Quoting RoseFlyer (Thread starter):
Also is it ok to take photos within the terminals in Russia?

Looks like it's alright as well

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I think that you'd have more problems with Russian customs and immigration than taking photos. At least that's what I heard.

Leo.



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3008 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

I've taken pictures on many SU flights. Although I have never tried at Russian airports. The FAs on the flights didn't say anything even though they saw me. So I guess they don't have any rule against it.

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineCosmicCruiser From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5971 times:

I was stopped from TRYING to take a picture in Almaty, KZ and told not to take photos once I got to the jet. When I got into the cockpit I took all I wanted. It's not the Soviet Union anymore but still run by Russian personnel.

User currently offlineCrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5926 times:

My experience in Russia was quite simple. Nobody bothered me with taking pictures in the terminals or through the glass facing the tarmac. Onboard Russian a/c was never a problem too. The only time I faced any problem was at St. Petersburg. They have a small outdoor observation deck and I was told to put the camera away.

User currently offlineSU From Russia, joined Apr 2004, 360 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5881 times:

Hey RoseFlyer,

Sounds like you are going to have a good time. SU's TU-154 Buz class is one of the best and comfortable among short haul flights. Big seats, huge leg room, food is good and you get endless supply of vodka during the flight. Get seats either 4F or 4D, they are the best, next to the emergency door, and more then meter of leg room (plus you can feel how the plane gets pressurized and depressurized . You will have no problem taking pictures on the plane; in fact you may ask the pilot to take a picture inside the cockpit. On my resent trip from Kiev to Moscow I spent good 10 minutes in cockpit taking bunch of pictures and chatting to the pilots. BTW check out the bathroom in the front of Tu154. It has very unusual layout  Smile

You won't be able to take a lot of pictures in SVO terminal 2 as the way the terminal is set up (unless you are at the gate area). Try to go to the second floor after you clear immigration, the view is much better there. In SVO terminal 1 is different (flight to LED is from SVO1). You will get a good view and plus bunch of different Russian airlines and airliners. Plus in SVO1 they bus you to the plane and that will get you good opportunity to take some good photos.

Enjoy your trip and hope to get some trip reports in here.

Take Care



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User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2721 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5831 times:

In the 80's i use to travel from Middle east to South America via SVO and used my cannon several times ,i never realised that taking pics was forbidden ,even onboard SU airplanes
Regards from Norway
Alex!!!  wave 



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9640 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5641 times:

Thanks guys. It is quite helpful. I won't feel terrified about discretely taking a photograph. I never use a flash and always try to be discrete, but I was nervous that it might be forbidden. I know you can't take pictures in India and just don't know that much about Russia (which is why I am excited to go!)

Quoting SU (Reply 5):
You will have no problem taking pictures on the plane; in fact you may ask the pilot to take a picture inside the cockpit.

Wow that would be really cool. It seems like they are pretty friendly.

One last question, does anyone know how easy it is to navigate SVO with a connection in English? I don't speak any Russian or know anything useful, so I am wondering if this will be difficult. I don't know how much English has infiltrated Aeroflot.



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