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How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?  
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6955 posts, RR: 21
Posted (12 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6545 times:

Or security.....


Every airport you've had a run-in w/ cops or security!

"*" means you did not have to leave.



That is all, I believe. Incredibly, I haven't been bothered at EWR or JFK. The last time I visited DCA and BWI, I was in a location I KNOW I should've been. But I got away w/ it. LGA is interesting. I parked my car at the Marine Air Terminal lot, the walked over to the police station and spotted through the fence because the aircraft were departing from runway 4. So then I hear this "WHOOP, WHOOP, WHOOP!!!!" Guess who? "You can't park in here!" I retorted back, "I'm not parked in here!" "Where are you parked?" "Over in lot6." So I had to leave.

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6490 times:

LGA, JFK and ISP, which is actually every airport that I've spotted at.

I've had a total of 4 stops.

Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6485 times:
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Only MDW for me. Twice but the second one was a really good one cause they left when someone showed them their photos of planes he took at MDW while we there there, but we didn't get chased off that time. Thank you Don! Big thumbs up

"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6476 times:

For me:

BRU, LHR and AMS Big grin


Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1618 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6471 times:

Never had any problems, but I generally only go to the designated areas.

User currently offlineMark2102 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6455 times:

Never had problems but I take my pictures in the terminals. I usually don't stand outside the airport. The cops never bothered me.


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 days ago) and read 6452 times:

DFW and HKG for me.

[Edited 2003-07-29 01:52:34]

Go big or go home
User currently offlineBDLGUY From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 194 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 days ago) and read 6448 times:

Yesterday my friend (JFKTOWERFAN) and I spotted at JFK for 5 1/2 hours and we had no problems with security.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


John A. Perrotta (KBDL/BDL) - Canon 300D/400D & EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 days ago) and read 6447 times:

BRS for me and thats it! Big grin

User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5512 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6442 times:

MCO (supposedly they were on their way)


[Edited 2003-07-29 03:08:49]

User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6429 times:

DEN, not for spotting though. i've ben hassled by cops for other reasons at countless locations.

"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6396 times:

PHL...the now infamous March 29th incident...


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User currently offlineAndrewAir From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

I was hassled by security (or someone like that, they were in normal clothing) and was told to stop taking pictures or leave at SFO. Also at the time I was only 14 years old and I was in the terminal. But 15 minutes later after having a coke I went back to the same spot.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6955 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6364 times:

Where in TPA, Justin?

I feel woozy....what did you put in that Pudding Pop?
User currently offlineEmmett99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 19 hours ago) and read 6336 times:

SEA - The Port of Seattle and King County cops have all been cool. They just ask what I'm doing check I.D.s and look at the 4x6 photo album
I made for that very occasion. Only been booted out once and that was two days after Israel Air's Kenya ground to air missle incident.

MCO - Just checked I.D. went on their way.

ATL - To quote the 6'5" 300 lb gentleman from the Fed Bureau of ~~~~~ (I didn't get what the last word was. I was checking out the gun turrets in his Suburban) he said; "We don't like you here. You have to go."

It was fun while it lasted.


User currently offlineDavidEHAM From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 18 hours ago) and read 6321 times:

Never been hassled (AMS, BRU, SAN, KUL, Japan), they usually wave at me  Smile


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5512 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (12 years 18 hours ago) and read 6313 times:

I was on the ramp with a friend....it was pretty stupid. He told us we should take the pilots first etc etc (plus I had just been in the cockpit too). We were leaving anyways becaue it was getting dark.

User currently offlineLHRSIMON From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 1343 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (12 years 16 hours ago) and read 6309 times:


Almost all where very friendly but the final outcome was always the same , p+++ off...


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User currently offlineTsentsan From Singapore, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (12 years 14 hours ago) and read 6303 times:

SIN (semi-arrested)

No questions:

NO URLS in signature
User currently offlineAirsnaps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 13 hours ago) and read 6298 times:


The list is endless;

HKG (only at Chek Lap Kok)
and more...

I've never been forced to leave, but sometimes a little self-assesment of the situation does no harm and one's decision to move on is usually applicable.

The only place where you can do just about anything you want is Jakarta (CGK) and what an experience that place is!



[Edited 2003-07-30 13:12:18]

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11957 posts, RR: 42
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 hours ago) and read 6271 times:

NCL, that's it.


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3480 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 hours ago) and read 6261 times:

BRU, 3 x in one day, never been back terrible airport)

AMS, only once by a rent-a-cop so they are to be ignored anyway Big grin. Normally the cops wave at us, even the military police!

LHR, 3 or 4 times. All the times during sencitive periods so that's to be expected these days. That day that there where tanks a few months ago I was also there. Got sent of by an officer with a machine gun! You normally do the police armed like that! He even noted down my ID and everything. That's the closest call so far...

STN, terrible airport for photography. I have been there twice and both times I was sent off. Once after 30 min (personnel record) and once after 3 hours.

LCY, the head of security asked what I was doing. Just answered and had a short chat about planes. Quite a nice guy, no problem at all.

DUS, I leaned against the railing but apparently it looked like I was sitting on it which is not allowed. As such the security lady asked me to not sit on the railing.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 hours ago) and read 6256 times:

I've never been "hassled" by cops, mainly because I behave myself and don't get into arguments with them.
I also make sure to always dress smartly and be courteous. A friendly wave when they drive past on patrol can create a lot of goodwill, far more than shouting about your "rights" if they ask you to leave.

I've been asked to leave ONCE, and then only asked to move out of a field because they didn't want many people there and it was getting too busy for comfort. Just move to another spot where there are other people and no problems at all.

The police are there to do a job. As long as you let them do it they're your friends.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineMx330 From Mexico, joined Oct 2002, 843 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 hour ago) and read 6240 times:
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MEX (my airport) ACA, DFW & MIA.

Juan Carlos Guerra

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User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6214 times:

The only place I have ever had any trouble was CDG (surprise surprise!) - it was a coach trip many years ago and a danny de-vito look alike caught us - problem was that we have just gotten off an interterminal transfer bus and were nowhere near any planes.

He kept the four of us there for 90 minutes as they could not find anybody to speak english (very likely!! at a major airport) by which time we had missed the coach and had to pay for ourselves to get to Orly to meet up with the coach again.

No apology when we were allowed to leave and i have not been back to Paris
spotting since.

English First, British Second, european Never!
25 Digital-cavu : STL - parked at a nearby hotel, and walked onto airport property along the perimeter road. I was there for nearly 2 hours when the airport police fina
26 Martin21 : For me the were: AMS LHR LIS EWR No problems on the most airports, but I think the cops/security is worse (for spotters) after 9/11. Martin21
27 LHRSIMON : For LGW add the words " x 2 " !!!!!! I was spotting / taking photo's from the car park (a spot i have used for over 15 years without problem) when wha
28 Ryangooner : been hassled most places! the worst was being accused of plotting to hold up the post office at LGW!!! the best was at stanstead when i could not reg
29 United_Fan : ROC-I was sitting in my car in the same place I sat at for years,and right after 9.11 . This was in December 01 when I glanced in my r/v mirror and s
30 Paulinbna : My exprience is this it really all depends on who you get and when. I was at the BNA (Nashville Tn) viewing area and was on the grass in front of the
31 Thom@s : Add another to my list; BGO I was taking pictures from the top level of the car park, afterwords I walked down to the terminal where two police office
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