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Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?  
User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2777 times:


As of 9am 21Apr, the spotting area at FLL is still not reopened to the
public. As it has been nearly a week since the Terrorist alert was down-
graded, and this was the reason given for closing the viewing areas in
various airports, my question is Has Plane Spotting become a thing of
the past as we know it. With the release that Al Quaida was planning to
launch a missile at a passing Jet going to LHR from Legoland, and the
concern that a shoulder fired SAM missile could easily be launched within
an airport vicinity, has the true hobby of watching our beloved planes
become a casualty of a modern world?


Cargo doesn't whine, moan, or complain
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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

Well don't lose all hope, I am sure this silliness will settle down over time

Some airports already recognize that spotters exist and want to be able to enjoy the airport.

http://www.dot.state.ak.us/anc/Enthusiasts.html



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

And the answer is no. I spent about 5 hours at DEN yesterday and over 7 and a half hours last Sunday and not a single problem. Security just waves and drives by.

Alex.



Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11737 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2722 times:

What was the line from Anger Mangement? 'Our country is going through a difficult time right now, sir.'
I think many people in this country understand to keep an eye out for anything strange but to carry on with life as normal. I have not seen problems around PDX for spotters. Parents take their kids to watch the planes, people are out taking pictures, and there are just the usual people out for a noontime stroll along the bike path. In fact, when LH started flying here on 3/31, there were about 200 people lined up to watch!
Spotting is certainly not a thing of the past at PDX!

GO CANUCKS!!



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1520 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2619 times:



Sounds like the Western half of the country is not considered at threat
by spotting. Glad to hear some airports have gotten back to normal.

Hey Seb
Do you know what that mystery B747 was in the background, past the
engine run up area?



Cargo doesn't whine, moan, or complain
User currently offlineAroundtheworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 279 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2614 times:

As I've posted on....several other occasions...all of IND's spotting parks have been permanately closed. They are going to have to literally cut down trees to reopen them...and I highly doubt this is gonna happen. They've been closed since Sept 11th....still I am completely dumbfounded that one is now the waiting area for taxi cabs  Smile

User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

And of course Frontage Road at MCO is still closed.


I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2583 times:

FutureFO,

Yes, the Frontage Road spotter area is still closed, and looks to be permanently (the road itself is still open though). This is the stupid part - I work over near the Airport Marriott (back in the office complex down the street from Chili's) and we have aircraft flying low and slow overhead all night long. From where I work, I have a very-well-concealed spotting area and certainly, there would be nothing to stop a determined terrorist from firing a Stinger off! Some security closing spotting areas was!

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2282 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

All spotting areas at Port Columbus are open, and have been for some time. The official viewing area off Hamilton Rd. overlooking Runway 28L is open to cars and is frequently visited. The short-term parking garage which overlooks Concourses A and C is also open. Airport Police usually patrol the airport perimeters and other areas, but I have never had a problem with them.

User currently offlineAtcboy73 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

Happy to say Founders Plaza (DFW) is open.

User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

MxCtrlr,


Have been assisting the rest of us Floridians to get the Frontage Road unofficial spotting area reopened. I had sent a letter to Jeb and also to Buddy to get it reopened as there are not too many areas that are spotter friendly. I mean you can always sit over on the areas near Tradeport but that is too risky.



I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently offlineFlyVS007 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

Hell, if I wanted to shoot down a plane going into Heathrow, there's a million places I could fire a missile from (I mean, who hasnt read SAM7?). I really don't understand the logic of closing down spotting areas - ESPECIALLY monitored ones, such as the viewing deck at Heathrow or the one at LAX (are these still closed?).

User currently offlineThijs_wieman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

It's doesn't make sense to me. If I wanted to shoot down a plane, I would avoid the airport!! There are indeed a million places you could shoot from. Here at Schiphol the viewing deck is still closed. I can't find anywhere information about the reopening... I think they will reopen after the war in Iraq.

Greetings, Thijs


User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

ZRH spotting areas are open as ever, viewing deck accessible after a sec check, the airport company even cut big holes for camera lenses into the fence...

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