Yes, I angered the Forum Admin posting the same topic in two forums (I was quite tired last night and thought some people don't visit all forums) so he/she deleted BOTH topics. I tried to email the Forum Admin but it returns the email saying it won't accept it from hotmail addresses. So sorry forum dude....
Anyway, just wanted to reply to those who did reply to my topics.
Jeff: What was your experience with the national guard dude? Is there a topic you posted about it? And I should have my photos back on Wednesday, as I dropped them off today .
"Hi there all,
I am writing this back at my home in Williston, ND (ISN) at 12:42CST. I am
finally back home from a day of traveling from BDL to MSP to BIS then driving
the 4 hours to my home....so I am quite tired, forgive me...
I arrived at BDL (Hartford/Springfield Airport, CT) at around 12:30 for my
1:35PM departure to MSP on Northwest Airlines (A319). After checking in and
receiving my boarding pass, I ask my parents to carry my carry on to the gate
while I go spot from the wonderful terminal A-B connector and take photos.
There is a US Air 757, WN 737, NW A319, and a US Dash 8 visible from my spot. I
begin shooting the 757 and soon enough the WN 737 is taxiing out,
*click**click**click*...another 737 soon replaces the one that just left, so I
got plenty of WN shots (already did from my SoCal trip tho ). Now a COexpressjet
ERJ lands and taxiies in, and soon enough another one arrives. I got plenty of
photos of those birds. By now it is time to leave, so I run to an ATM real quick to grab some cash for
snacks at MSP.... Our flight is boarding from down below as usual (gate 14) so
I walk down the escalator and greet the security dudes who aren't ready for me.
There are at least 5 of them plus a state police dude. An older man asks me to
see my boarding pass which I kindly grant. Now he gets very obnoctious with me
because I am wearing my camera around my neck. He asks if I have taken any
photos inside the airport. I am not stupid so of course I lie and answer no.
He asks if I am sure a few times and I eventually let out a laugh because it
seems like a joke. I finally say I took photos outside the airport to satisfy
his stupidity and the other screeners break in to say thats okay and not a
problem... But then I ask since when is photography illegal here, which they
cannot answer (I think it is possible for a single airport to legally do this
sh*t though under TSA rule isn't it?)
Finally I am asked to put my camera in a stupid little plastic tray,..then he
goes on and on about I must put everything in my pockets in
there..wallet...etc... So I do.... Then I ask if the x-ray machine is film safe
and he tells me yes,... Time for me to walk through the one deal (tired, can't
think of the exact name) and I start beeping...yay...an extra roll of film was
in one of my bottom pockets. Another screener asks me to step aside for a
wanding so I do...standard procedure etc..he asks if I am nervous and I reply
"No, I am used to it". He then tells me theres no need to be nervous (lol).
This screener is much more nice than the old geezer that gave me crap about my
camera so he warns me they will take it away if I even hold my camera up,.. I
finally grab my wallet and camera and boarding pass and get the hell outta there
as fast as I can. A Delta 757 taxiies in and a Air Canada B1900 is visible
(great photos ops, damn).
Now I am at the gate and meet my parents again, we are some of the last to board
so we hurry on the A319 and thats the end of that.. (trip report coming for my
flights). But anyway, Just thought I would share my experiences at BDL with you guys...
whatever you do, NEVER tell them you took photos there otherwise your hard work
just went down the drain....
I will have my photos back on Tuesday or Wednesday BTW, I took over 250 shots
throughout the region