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Picture Taking At India's Airports?  
User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

Anybody know why the government of India or the Airport Authority of India is so strict about taking pictures in the airport terminals or even outside the airports? You can't even take pictures on the outside of the airport. I have heard you can't even take pictures on your flight if it is over India. What is the penalty for doing so?

Is there any other country that is so strict on taking pictures of it's airport or airlines aircraft?

India could be such a beautiful place to take pictures I really wished you can.

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User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4282 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

N.Korea! However if you are quick you can probably get a pic at almost any forbidden airport. Speaking of N.Korea, I believe that there are 2 pics from the ramp of Pyongyang Airport from a photog with some major balls.

As for India, well I have been there but never attempted airport photography so I can not speak to that point. However perhaps it may be due to the very tense political situation in S.Asia, namely the relations between India and Pakistan.

Many African airports definetly frown on airport photography. I know this from personal experience when I was walking from our AZ 742 (no jetway avaliable) at NBO and I turned around to take a snap of the plane that I just exited when a ramp worker put his hand in front of my lens and stated that photography was forbidden at NBO. I also had a similar problen at Addis Ababa and Lusaka. Fortunely I received friendly but firm warnings on all 3 occasions.


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User currently offlineFlying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2433 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2952 times:
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... It's a pure stupid thing you need to respect when travelling in third world destinations. That's the way they see democracy, that's it. But be very carefull; you can't predict their reactions at all time.

When I fly to Freetown, we even have to announce that taking pics above Sierra-Leone is strictly forbidden !! So silly. The only thing you can shot are the cows and the Russian helicopters !


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2945 times:

Most major airports in India double up as military facilities. On any given day, you can find a fairly decent number of military transport movements with an occasional fighter as well. For obvious reasons, photography of these is discouraged.

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

Yes, but the photo ban is relatively new - enforced only in the last 10 years or so. Plus, Pakistan and China probably know where every single Indian Mig-23 or Sukho-27 is at any particular time of the day - I doubt if they rely on photos taken by a Mr. Khan or a Mr. Chin at Sahar Airport. I just see it as Indian bureaucracy at its predictable mundane worst.

I have spotted military transports at Delhi and in Rajasthan, but never at Bombay.
Btw, is there a ban on taking pictures on board Air India flights outside India? And why is it that we never see pictures of Air India interiors on this forum? They have such interesting interiors.

User currently offlineJr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 974 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

I got a pretty stern warning for trying to get some shots around the perimeter road at BLR this jan while I was there. I was prepared for just that though. There were some interested military movements ... a couple of IAF IL76s, in addition to the regular commercial stuff - got a few shots, but didn't really push my luck. From what I heard, even apartment complexes around the airport there apparently have instructions to keep an eye on residents on the roof tops, etc... go figure.

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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3407 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2833 times:
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My mom always tells me that it is prohibited because India doesn't want Pakistan to know about its airports. Heavy fines can happen and you can risk getting your film and/or camera taken away.

On a side note: If anyone who is going to Jodhpur by plane, can someone try and sneak in a pic for Airliners.net? The terminal is a lovely lavender on the outside....


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User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

So very true that all is. I have never gone to India but a Trinidadian journalist of Indian origin, travelling to India, commented in her newspaper article that the flightcrew announced to the passengers that no in-flight photos over India were allowed. It must all have to do with India's difficult relations with Pakistan and China, 2 long-festering conflicts.


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2768 times:

I seem to have inadvertently stumbled upon the best spot to watch planes at Indian airports. I'm currently sitting in the Maharaja Lounge at BOM waiting out a 90 minute delay when I went to the mens room here. To my surprise, it has a HUGE window that has a clear and unobstructed view of not only the tarmac, but also the threshold of runway 27. I wish I had a camera handy, cos VT-EGA (my ride up to DEL) and VT-EVW are sitting ducks!  Smile

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