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User currently offlineSunnyb From Canada, joined Jul 2004, 247 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2506 times:


My dad just travelled YYZ-DEL-YYZ and he asked the f/a if he can take the picture of the cockpit himself or let them (crew) to do it. They didn't allow him to.

Which airlines allow cockpit pictures?

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User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

I've seen alot of flight deck (a.k.a. 'cockpit') pictures on Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS).


User currently offlineOrdflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

I'm not sure if any airlines have firmly set policies about this...it really just seems to vary from crew to crew on what type of mood they are in and if they are in a hurry to leave. I've taken many cockpit picks, including UA, AA and ATA in recent years, never had any problems. One hint, if the F/O or Captain is standing in the cockpit doorway ask them directly rather than asking an F/A. Sometimes an F/A will assume the pilots don't want visitors/pictures, but that's not always the case.

User currently offlineMav75 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

There is no FAR that I know about prohibting photography of any cockpit of any airline while the aircraft is at the gate (unless you're a pilot or jumpseater). But the chances of most flight attendants knowing or caring about this are pretty slim. Many still think passengers are not allowed to visit the cockpit on the ground. Also, the conservative approach prevails, and F/A's are probably scared of violating anything that would cost them their job.

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

The best time I've found is at the gate, after nearly everybody has got off. This has worked twice out of the last three times I asked, all on BA. Apart from airlines which ban it completely, it really is up to the captain whether you're allowed a visit. If they're not busy they should be able to accomodate you. I agree with Ordflyer about asking the flight crew directly rather than FAs.

Geoff M.

User currently offlineSwissINTLA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

This in interesting because I have been able to take cockpit pictures of the majority of the U.S. airlines, except Delta. But I think it depends on the captain of F/A. As ORDFlyer said I dont think any airlines have a set policy on cockpit pictures.

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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

I can't say about other airlines, since I (like all good Southerners) fly Delta unless General Aviation presents itself as an option (99% of the time it is). Both times I requested a chance to visit the flight deck of a Delta airplane, the request was granted. I believe that it is up to the discretion of the Captain. On an overseas trip, my mom and I were flying Business Class but were bumped up to First most of the trip. Noticed the door was open and asked the F/A if she could check with the captain and see if we might be able to come up for a moment. She asked and said it was fine, so we went and I got myself a nice set of shots of an MD-11 flight deck. The captain showed us all of the instruments (since mom is a licensed pilot) and lamented that people don't ask to be shown the flight deck as much, thus they don't get to show off their machine. FARs have prohibited in-flight visits for years but there's nothing against visits while on the ground.

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User currently offlineIlsapproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

I always try to be last off aircraft...................and just asking crew if it's ok.........9 out of 10 times they always say yes!!

Mike @ MSP

User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1851 times:

Just don't be the last one off the return leg of CO's PVR service. They apparantly have the same crew do the EWR-PVR and the return to EWR. It's a long day and they just want to get the hell home!!!

W N = my Worst Nightmare!!!!!
User currently offlineMATURRO727 From Colombia, joined Apr 2004, 312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1649 times:


Varig does !


User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1580 times:

There is no FAR that I know about prohibting photography of any cockpit of any airline while the aircraft is at the gate (unless you're a pilot or jumpseater)

What's this all about? Maybe I miss read, but crews take photos at their gates all the time....

Delta will letcha do it, no problem, just ask. I've only had one Capt who was hard-nosed about it, the rest, love to let ya do it...just go with a smile on your face and camera in hand, and don't ask the FA's, most have no idea.


User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1563 times:


Well, at least I know the best way to do so is 1. To wait until eeeveryone has gotten off the plane and maybe make some small talk and VERY kindly ask if you can take a picture. 2. Make some small talk with the F/A's and if possible the Captain/F/O so at the end of the flight you can take a pic. I never try during or before the flight. I've found in the US you will most likely ALWAYS get a picture in small a/c (read CRJ, ERJ) or on medium-sized a/c on very shorthaul routes (Read DL 738 ATL-TLH) I find that the very young or very old (VERY politically incorrect, I know) crew always seem to allow pics in the deck.

My $0.02

KdX in TLH

User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

Here is my "almost" latest visit to the cockpit. Next day I checked out flight deck of Comair CRJ and later Delta MD-88.

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Photo © Rafal Szczypek

I just asked if I can take a picture of the cockpit and I was given nice tour thru almost all switches and buttons. Very nice flight crew.
Thank You! (ASA crew)


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