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User currently offlineL1011Fan From United States of America, joined May 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2793 times:

I do recall a long thread a while ago about some photographers nearly getting arrested while the terror alert was high. Now that we're back to high alert, does any one know if there is a specific rule/regulation against photographing planes?

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User currently offlineCicadajet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

No, there is no such regulation per se, except taking photographs of the security screening process I believe.

However, your local airport authority may have their own rules regarding prohibiting photography on parts of, or all, of their property.


User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1326 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

As far as I know, there is no rule against photographing planes in the US. Some of the official public spotting areas will likely be closed off and those with a camera near the airport are more likely to be hassled for taking photos. As for what you will encounter at any particular location, it will vary. Sometimes you will be approached immediately with great suspicion while at other times, the police will simply wave to you.

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2831 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

There was a thread on here or another forum from a bunch of people at PHL. Joe Wagner Sr. was arrested by a Philadelphia policeman after they were told more than once to leave. Basically that's what happened. I was at MHT about 3 weeks ago one night with 4 other guys and a cop pulled up and asked us what we were doing, and then said "you have to go to the other side." Now since you're familiar with MHT, we were at the end of 35, the southernmost point of MHT airport. So the 35 landings were right over us, coming through the mist at night (it was BKN003) and we weren't about to leave. Besides, what does "other side" mean anyway? What kind of a request by an inept law enforcement official is that? We just stayed put for another 2 hours as the vapor trails drifted over our heads.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineNCTR From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 38 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2495 times:

I was stopped by a Clayton County police officer last week in ATL acouple days after the alert level went to "Orange" in the US. He told me that I could NOT take photos because of the current alert condition. So I asked him if it was illegal, and he said no, that there just wasn't any photography allowed at this time. They were told to stop all photographers and take their drivers license and run a check on them. When he came back from running my info, I asked him if it would be OK to take photos after the alert level goes back down, and he told me that I would still be stopped because all photography is considered suspicious activity since September 11, 2001.

User currently offlineJromeo From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2470 times:

I was asked to leave the Lufthansa cargo area at DFW this weekend. He stated that it wasn't illegal to take pictures there but that my activities were suspicious. Maybe it was the 400mm f/2.8? He then proceeded to tell me how to get to founders plaza the official visitors area. Duh. I wasn't going to try to explain the sun angle to him, so I just left.


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

I was also one of the people victimized in the previously mentioned March 29th PHL incident...they couldnt cite a specific reason to ask us to leave, and some officers told us it was ok to stay...basically, utter chaos...in the end an army of cops came and used brute force and intimidation to get us to leave, along with Joe Wagner Sr. getting unjustifiably arrested...just use extreme caution when spotting...I wouldnt go to any airport while were at Code Orange...


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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

Airport overlook at CLT is closed!!! I was so mad. I was there over the weekend with hopes that will be reopen again but no luck. Weather was good but place was closed.


User currently offlineB777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Hey Lindy, I was there at CLT too on Monday. The overlook wasn't open but I was just glad that the cops weren't harrasing anyone standing against the fence taking pictures (like me!) I do hope CLT would open the overlook but as long as the terror level is "high" they are not going to. There are still good spots to spot at CLT but you just need to find them.


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2340 times:

Here at the MCO site you can photo but not rite now. When the Alert level goes back down you can still arrange to get the paperwork from Aiport Ops and go to the top of the carpark.

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