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Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?  
User currently offlineSpikecat From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 1 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5125 times:

When I boarded a United flight from Newark to Lima, Peru, in June, 2013, the first thing I did was take out my camera to photograph the cool-looking seat pods in my business-class cabin. Within moments, a flight attendant told me photos of the cabin were prohibited and referred me to the in-flight magazine for confirmation. Not wanting to be escorted off the plane for disobeying an order of the flight crew, I meekly sat down and complied. I didn't find anything in the magazine that supported the FA's claim that photos of the cabin are prohibited.

Later on in the fight, a FA told me that I couldn't even photograph the map on the IFE screen on the seat back in front of me!

So - are passengers now prohibited from taking photos of airliner cabins? Or was the FA misinformed?

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User currently offlinebaldwin8 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5110 times:
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I never heard of cabin being off limits for photography. And am an major airline aircraft mechanic. Sounds more like a power hungry FA. In fact there are very specific do's and don't in the Operations Manual on the aircraft, everything from how the crew should keep up there appearance to how to fly the aircraft. I will check tonight when I go into work.

User currently offlinekiffy From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

United seems to have a very strict no photo policy:
Booted Off A UA Flight For Taking A Photo (by psa188 Feb 20 2013 in Civil Aviation)

User currently offlinemegatop412 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4999 times:

They can make up whatever rules they want since it's their private property, but they'd have to be smoking crack rocks to think that no one will ever take pictures on their planes. I myself will vote with my choice of carriers

User currently offlineVTORD From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 4 days ago) and read 4855 times:

A year ago I flew UA to LAX and I asked the FA if I could take a picture. I am a member of O'Hare airport watch and I showed her my ID and explained what I intended to do. They did not let me take a picture. I kind of sat down without a word for the same reason Spikecat mentioned. I had no intention of being escorted off the flight once the plane landed.

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User currently offlineFlyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4779 times:

This is where Iphones come in handy, do a "text message" and take a pic (on the ground of course or in flightsafe mode in the air) Guess United is so scared now since 9/11 but thats another topic.

User currently offlineviv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4725 times:

They are not prohibited by most airlines.

I wish they were prohibited by Airliners.net.

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User currently offlineac888yow From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

I recently flew United and was told by an FA that cabin photos are no longer allowed after she saw me snapping a few. She didn't make a big fuss about it, though, probably because a) I complied right away, and b) was one of her J pax.

Still, I got the shots I wanted (of the new 764 J cabin).

User currently offlinetopgun3 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4116 times:

My motto in this instance would be: "It is easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for a permission". When you snap a photo without asking, worst case is they will ask you to stop (probably not even delete it). Even if they would ask you to delete the photos, just undelete them later. As long as you don't cause a fuss, you should be OK.

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User currently offlineFlyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 425 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4071 times:

I often think the real reason is that they dont want to be in the background or in the vicinity of someone taking a photo due to their current situation, shyness or feel it affects their work. When the seatbelt sign is on and they have sat down, fire away, abeit discreetly of course.

User currently offlineblackbird1 From Germany, joined Mar 2002, 226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4008 times:
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Quoting viv (Reply 6):
They are not prohibited by most airlines.I wish they were prohibited by Airliners.net.

I fully agree...

[Edited 2013-10-14 12:27:40]

[Edited 2013-10-14 12:28:31]

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