Flipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1535 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
The AA interweb site says;
"Use of still and video cameras, film or digital, is permitted only for recording personal events. Photography or video recording of airline personnel, equipment, or procedures is strictly prohibited."
I am flying out of LHR in the 27th (If they dont strike) with AA and i was wondering how hard it is to actually get pictures on the plane, I wasnt looking to do any cabin shots just some wingviews.
INNflight From Austria, joined Apr 2004, 3765 posts, RR: 61 Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2492 times:
I had no problems on AA Eagle this year. I didn't get up for a cabin shot, but wingviews were no problem. Just wait until the cabin crew did their final pre-departure check throughout the cabin and then take out your camera when they are strapped in for take off. Nobody will notice probably.
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1642 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
I, too, have had no difficulty with wing views on American and have quite a few of them. Cabin shots are another story. I've only tried once on AA, and decided to ask permission since I usually inadvertently make a spectacle of myself when I try for a cabin shot. I had my five-year-old son with me on the trip, and with him in tow we went to the back and asked an F/A if we could take a picture for his kindergarten class (I had other motives, of course, but I do usually put a picture book together for my son after a trip). We received a flat-out "no". I wish I could train my son to cry at will.
Chris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2422 times:
I fly AA very often, i'm EXP with them. Photography 3 years ago was a lot easier than it is now. I flew LHR-JFK-MIA-DFW-LAS-ORD-LHR a few weeks ago and i only felt comfortable taking photos after i had got permission from the flight attendant's. On some flights they said no, on some they said yes but only i was discreet. I try to take a couple then stop straight away as passengers can get weird with it. Generally when i fly i'm in Business or First and they are a bit more tollerable to what i want to do.
My reccomendation is to ask the flight attendants and then if they say yes go ahead and if they say no then don't. It's not worth getting in trouble with an airline, expecially when flying into the USA over photography.
BTW: Here are some images i have shot on AA. Mainly from 2004.
The 'rule' is vaguely worded so that individual crews can (and do) interpret it differently. Shooting out the window couldn't possibly be construed as "personnel, equipment, or procedures" by any reasonable standard, but that doesn't stop some crews from playing the Security Card .
BA747-436 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1259 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
I have to say AA crews are the most over-zelous ive ever experianced with the no photography rule. I guess you 'could' put this down to a number of things.....
In saying this when ive travelled on AA i'll often take a quick walk to the back of the F/J cabin and shoot a few frames then return to my seat. As said, as long as your descreet about it there shouldnt be a problem. Some F/A's can be anal about it though so if in doubt, ask.