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Spotting From The Water  
User currently offlineC5LOAD From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 4219 times:

As always, if this is a double post, forgive me I couldn't find the other one. I was curious, is there a lot of enhanced security in the water areas around major airports? Places like SYD, JFK, SFO come to the top of my head that you would probably get a pretty good spotting view if you had a boat. Unfortunately, boats don't go through security checkpoints so wouldn't there be a greater chance of somebody being able to take down an airplane from the water?

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User currently offlineMPDPilot From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 1057 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

I think that if you were just floating in the water around an airport, at least in the U.S., you would probably be approached by law enforcement, they might not do anything but I would bet that someone would stop by. I could only imagine the shots you could get at like SFO. But, I have noticed that they have gotten very curious about people hanging out around the airport since 9/11. It has been mostly just a "hello" and not asking you to leave or anything.

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User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 848 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

For SFO you can probably get under the approaches to the 28s without a problem because Coyote Point Marina and Yacht Club is so close by. I'd keep it reasonable and try it from a mile away or so--you'd get opportunities for some great shots:


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