TS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2819 times:
Sorry if this has already been brought up: I'm curious what different airlines' policies towards photography in the cabin are. I'm thinking about flying with American Airlines in spring, but they seem to be hostile towards photography. Does this apply to window views & the use of video cameras as well? What happens if you still take pictures? Any comments about other major airlines?
JetJock22 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2789 times:
They can't technically do anything to you for taking pictures. Keep in mind though that while photography is not illegal onboard aircraft, if they ask you to stop, just be cool with it and stop so as not to cause a scene or worse, get yourself into trouble for disobeying an instruction from a flight crew which is against the law. That being said, I flew on AA few years back and on my leg from LAX-DFW on the 777, the FO was very cool and let me sit in the cockpit and even turn off some of the lights. Just depends on who you get. Good luck.
CalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
Quoting JetJock22 (Reply 1): They can't technically do anything to you for taking pictures.
Yes, they can. When you are on the private property of a business, the business owner or employee has sole discretion whether to allow photography or not. Doesn't matter if it's an airplane, grocery store, office building or hospital, they're all still private property.
I've never had a problem in an airplane with a point-n-shoot, not even during takeoff or landing. But the first time I pulled out a dSLR they made me stow it for landing.
TransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2032 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2755 times:
I know Pan Am (the original) had a rule against photography/video on board their a/c. IIRC correctly, it was written in the back section of Clipper Magazine. I've seen FAs enforce it on occasion.
Personally, I've never been bothered for taking pictures out of the window, and as I don't generally take cabin shots (and basically never look at them either), I don't know the various airlines' reactions.
I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
Eadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 15 Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2745 times:
Quoting JetJock22 (Reply 1): They can't technically do anything to you for taking pictures
What is it with some people here and authority? Of course they can stop you taking pictures. You are NOT the owner of the airline nor are you the owner of the aircraft.
Some airlines now find it a danger to have a camera of any type in your hand on take off and landing in case of an emergency. Plus, others also see it as an electronic device that "can interfer with the aircraft's navigational equipment".
For instance, here in Aus, Virgin Blue are cracking down on people taking pictures during take off and landing. They speak about it during the "electronic device" speech and photography equipment is now clearly mentioned.
Fiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1009 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2723 times:
Quoting LOCsta (Reply 6): Had no problems using my SLR with 100-400 + extender and tripod for some tight cabin action shots.
On a more serious side. I have only taken one inflight shot, aboard a Frontier flight from DEN-LAX a year ago in January. I felt odd doing it but I was at the back of the aircraft and 3 FA's were in the galley there and I just asked them. They asked what it was for and I asked if they had heard of this site. One of the three had and told me to go ahead. On AA about a year ago. On approach to ORD, the FA asked what I was doing as if it wasn't obvious. Told her just taking some shots on approach and she asked who for. Told her myself. She said it wasn't allowed. I had a perplexed look on my face I am sure. So I just quit while she was there and then started when she left. I have that approach shot in the DB. Anyway...I guess it just varies on crew. Some are tightasses.
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5447 posts, RR: 53 Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2682 times:
With AA it's stated in the inflight magazine that photography is prohibited. Personally I haven't had any problems taking out the window shots, and even a few cabin/cockpit shots (but that was a good 5 years ago). Guess it depends on the crew too, a buddy of mine got his arse chewed out by a B6 F/A once.
Are they really? I have flown with them several times taking photos from my window seat, & never been stopped when seen by flight attendants. Perhaps it was a certain member of the cabin crew getting nervous for some 'security' reason. P.s. - I doubt you'll be told anything if you upgrade to 1st class
BrianW999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 310 posts, RR: 6 Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2560 times:
Quoting Eadster (Reply 4): and photography equipment is now clearly mentioned.
Total crap. Doesn't affect nav equipment in the slightest. It just means that you 'aint taking any notice of the half-hearted hand signals that don't really show where your nearest exit is in the event of the aircraft crashing in a ball of flame that will kill you in .2 nanoseconds anyway !!!
OK, so that's possibly a bit of an OTT statement... but I regularly fly BA and have never had any grief from cabin crew for taking inflight pictures ( only one on an aviation website database, and it's not ANet !!)
Seems like there's always someone who wants to pi$$ on your day ?
Eadster From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 15 Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
Quoting BrianW999 (Reply 13): Total crap. Doesn't affect nav equipment in the slightest
I know it doesn't affect the equipment! All I'm saying is that's the new speech they give before take off. They say the same thing before landing. I didn't want to cause any trouble so the camera stayed in the bad the whole flight. Weather turned to crap half way anyway!
SATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 8 Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2515 times:
On one American Airlines 772 flight into LHR I tried to take a picture of the PTV map showing us going in endless circles waiting for clearance. The AA FA's immediately jumped on my ass for daring to take a photo of the cabin. I was told in no uncertain terms that taking photos of the cabin was not allowed and that any attempt to resist their commands would land me in lots of trouble and ruin my trip. American Airlines is basically anti-photographer in my view and they don't seem to mind losing a few customers in order to make an example out of you in front of everyone else. My advice is to stay the hell away from them and their overbearing nonsense.
Open Season on Consumer Protections is Just Around the Corner...
Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5447 posts, RR: 53 Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
Quoting JetJock22 (Reply 10): but for the most part, the B6 fa's are really nice. So are the crews.
Oh I know, funny thing was on the flight up (by myself) I was taking shots of the sunrise, and a F/A commented on my camera and how she liked it etc. Really luck of the draw.
I flew USAir once and asked if I could get a shot of the cockpit, I was standing in the doorway of the cockpit snaping a photo and the lead came up and yanked me out and said it was illegal to do that.