Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3733 times:
Word to the wise. Have I.D. and dont give the Wayne County Sheriff any guff or you get to ride in a police car.
Now folks, don't start in with my rights crap. Don't mess with them. They have been running off plane watchers years before 9-11.
You're gonna lose all arguments so don't start one around DTW with anyone that wears a badge, ok?
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
I generally make it a point to cooperate with anyone carrying a weapon... . Do they just check your I.D. and then leave you alone or do they run you off? I understand they have a job to do and considering the fact they deal with unsavory people on a daily basis, I'm inclined to give the police a break and be on my way if they ask me too...thanks for the tip and the info.
Jetpixx From St. Lucia, joined Jul 2004, 942 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3686 times:
It always angers me that the police give spotters such a hard time. If anything, we're HELPING them to do their jobs. Most people who love the aviation industry such as we do have a keen eye and if anyone is up to nefarious activity, we'll report it. Taking pictures and watching planes takeoff and land should not be viewed the way cops view it, pre or post 9/11. It's one thing to do your job, but some of these guys are just plain rude.
Nwafan20 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
Actually, isitsafenow, in the past couple years, all police at DTW have been quite well (Wayne County, Airport, and Rom). After a few "incidents" they have all been through training, and now know that spotting is perfectly legal and will generally leave you alone.
I am the owner of Detroit Spotters, and in the past 2 years (since we have been open) our only encounters were these:
1. A Rom cop asked what we were doing, we told him we were taking pictures of the planes, he said "Oh ok, well could you go to the other side of the road for me? This is private property, but the other side is public, have a good time."
2. A TSA car pulled up behind me and asked to see my ID, after 2 minutes he came back, gave me the all clear and asked if any "A380's" have arrived yet
3. During Obama's arrival two of our guys got a friendly visit from secret service, nothing more than a little questioning
4. (this is the only bad encounter) A rom cop pulled behind one of our spotters and asked him to move to another spot. (This spot was now considered public land as it was ceased by the county, and many limos and cabs liked to sit here to take naps) he stood his ground and the cop was not happy about that. His partner calmed him down eventually and they left.
Spotting at DTW is rather easy, and most people will leave you alone, just don't go where your not supposed to. (the overpass on Eureka for instance - amazing spot but a death trap)
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3187 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3508 times:
My last few visits up to DTW have been pleasant. I only had one encounter with the cops - Romulus cop asked for my ID, then told me to have fun.
I took pictures inside the terminals the last couple times with no one questioning me.
Last summer I was on the Big Blue garage roof for a couple hours with no one bothering me.
I also sat at the cell lot walking around with my camera - there were cops everywhere setting up speedtraps along Eureka Road for people coming out of the airport as there was an unmarked Dodge Charger and another unmarked Dodge Magnum pulling people over left and right. I was standing just about 100 ft with my camera from the Charger as he was waiting his next victim and he never asked me what I was doing.
Cross757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 3353 times:
First of all, thanks to everyone for the great tips about where to spot from...my trip to DTW was definitely a success. I flew in on DL so I arrived in the McNamara terminal and flew out on AA from the north terminal. Both are very nice. I spent most of my time on either level 8 or 10 of the parking garage next to the McNamara terminal. Needless to say I enjoyed seeing all of the classic DC-9's. My camera is not that great so I'm afraid any pictures I did get will likely not turn out well, but I was able to catch the RJ A342 departing for CYUL the day I left. Just a quick question: I noticed that runway 9L-27R had the lighted "X" signs erected on the approach ends the day I landed and then two days later when I went spotting, I also noticed that 9R-27L was not being used at all either, even when traffic was "light" and when it would not seem to interfere with traffic on the 3's/4's & 21's/22's. Any reason for this? Runway 9R-27L is relatively new, isn't it (therefore ruling out the possibility that it is out of service permanently)? Any info is appreciated. Thanks again.
Timf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 988 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
The 9/27 runways are generally only used when there are strong winds out of the west. This mostly happens during the winter, so this time of year you are not likely to see them used much. 9R/27L was used heavily while they were rebuilding the 3/21s, but since then it has gone back to crosswind use primarily. 9L/27R almost always has the lighted X signs, and this summer it is supposed to rebuilt so those will probably be there for a while.