Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6197 posts, RR: 13 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3832 times:
Now that spotters are usually run off (or even detained/arrested) in the U.S. for spotting these days, how do you guys still manage to get such good pics in the database. It's been awhile since I've been able to add a good photo to the database, because I can't seem to linger in good spotting areas for any length of time.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
This pic was taken from public road at AMS!! No passes require. No cops looking at you like you're a potential security threat. Nobody asking for your ID, let alone taking you away in government vehicles.
Just lot's of people enjoying a nice day and admiring planes from all over the world! What a great country I live in [spotters wise that is...]. I just hope we can keep it like that.
Yes it's a shameless plug, but it's my first photo on A.net [my only one to date] and I'm damn proud of being part of this community and let you all enjoy the results of our spotting opportunities we have here!
Immigration officer: "What's the purpose of your visit to the USA?" Spotter: "Shooting airliners with my Canon!"
Syncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 1998 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3579 times:
I personally haven't had the chance to do a lot of spotting, ever I guess. But have heard a lot of people who have tried, and not succedded. It really upsets me that I can be arrested for taking a picture of what, in essence, is a hunk of metal. Granted what happened on September 11th was bad, but I don't think it's worth restricting people from doing something they love, or in most cases do for a living, fly, and enjoy doing it. But the people who write the laws and inforce them probably don't see what's so cool about 750,000 pounds of basically metal and people flying through the air at speeds upwards of 500MPH and an altitude of 40,000 feet, when they themselves can jump about 1 foot off the ground and come right down.
That may be a little off topic (or a lot), but hey.
Syncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 1998 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3447 times:
After about shitting a brick from seeing the CRJ in the new NWA c/s taxi to the gate at KAZO (Kalamazoo, MI) I had to get a picture, got out of my car got the camera out and within 3 minutes was told to leave by 3 security guards. This has got to stop