JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1621 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2415 times:
ACLU is certainly on our side regarding photography.
The points in the linked document are important, but as I found out in Boston in May, police don't appreciate being told they're wrong, even when they actually are wrong. Push hard enough and you might find yourself spending a night in jail and facing charges. I pushed back just slightly in my Boston incident and that was enough to warrant a major hassle. In hindsight, I'm surprised I wasn't hauled in.
As others have stated in previous threads, for our particular situation it's probably best to do as the police say, and follow up afterwards. In my case, I would have been in a far better position - I refused to delete my shots from my camera, and after the lengthy hassle described above, other officers with better knowledge of the law allowed me to keep my shots. The officer's own report (I requested a copy after that fact) clearly states he told me to delete my images, and if indeed I had done that I'd probably have substantial grounds for a lawsuit.
For those who haven't visited Carlos Miller's site, it's worth a read. Your blood will probably be boiling after reading a few of the articles, but it gives you an idea of what others are going through:
cruce From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2273 times:
Funny that I just read this the other day. I'm pretty new (only 1 photo in DB so far), but just today I was in a gas station parking lot near DFW grabbing some stuff and decided to snap a few pictures (from inside the car even) since it had the view of landing aircraft. About 20 min later, a local squad car pulled up behind me and lit me up. The officer approached my car and asked for ID. I asked her why and she said "someone reported that you were taking pictures of airplanes". The way she said it though, and the smirk on her face basically said it all. She looked like she was embarrassed to even have to ask me questions and it was a big waste of time.
After running my ID, she came back and said sorry, but we had to check you out. There's no law against taking pictures of planes and we don't have a problem with it. She said she thinks that its still a little close to 9/11 and people get a little freaked out sometimes.
I'm glad I didn't have to endure some of the horror stories I've read on here. I knew DFW was a pretty "photo friendly" airport, but it still spooked me a little. I can't believe someone reported me to the cops! It's pretty sad that unless I'm in a designated viewing area (i.e. Founders' Plaza at DFW) I feel like I'm doing something wrong even though I know I'm not.