Dispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1215 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2392 times:
Quote: Aviation enthusiasts who frequent airport perimeter areas can easily be viewed as suspicious persons. We respect that our airports must be safe and secure from criminal elements. Aviation enthusiasts, often referred to as "Spotters", have a vast knowledge of day to day activities at the airport and can often recognize if something or someone is out of sort.
With this is mind the MSP Airport Police, is looking into starting a MSP Airport Watch much like the well known Neighborhood Watch program. A dedicated volunteer group of aviation enthusiasts who can Observe, Record, and Report any suspicious activity to authorities while we participate in our favorite past time of photographing and watching airplanes.
MSP Airport Watch will provides a line of communication between airport authorities and enthusiasts allowing both sides to discuss each others concerns and create a safe and organized environment.
If you would like to be part of this program,email your name and contact information to :
It goes on and lists 2 contacts, one of which is an excellent photographer here at A.Net. Site fencecheck.com has the details - sounds good to me...
Olympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 8 Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2177 times:
The Airport Watch program is well established in Canada. Members have photo ID cards and are vetted by the local police forces. The YYZ group has over 100 members and gets the opportunity to go on aviation related tours - such as visits to CFB Trenton and Bombardier, Downsview for example, as well as various GTAA facilities.
70sFlyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 24 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2068 times:
Interesting. I was out spotting for a while a few weeks ago (when it was sunny and reasonably warm. My first location was fine, but at the second I was approached by a (city?) police officer. She was very nice, but it definitely felt uncomfortable to be interrogated and questioned for watching planes and listening to ATC. Luckily I wasn't taking pictures (although I had a camera with me) because she implied that if I had I would have encountered more serious "sanctions."
Anyway, I would be THRILLED to participate in this. Being limited to the "cell phone lot" as the only permissible viewing location just doesn't do it for me.
Does anyone else frequently spot here in Minne? I'm new and would love to meet up with some other enthusiasts!
Sunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1998 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2000 times:
MSP PD likes to use the airport employees as eyes n ears. Two years ago while working the bag room for US a guy come through, I start asking him questions about why he is back here. He kept saying I am waiting for a friend from CO. Yea right, after about another 30 sec, I told the guy I would have to call the PD & TSA. Then he says he is a TSA inspector and shows me his badge. I still called the PD and they said yes the guy was TSA.
Remember TSA & APD can't be everywhere, many airports are hundreds if not thousands of acres.