GARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1537 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3061 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?
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 12458 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3006 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!
Aroundtheworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 279 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2898 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
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 33
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2867 times:
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!
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
FlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2307 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2862 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.
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2795 times:
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.
FlyVS007 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 186 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2788 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?).
Thijs_wieman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2782 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.