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Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Mon Mar 10, 2003 1:58 pm

Anybody know why the government of India or the Airport Authority of India is so strict about taking pictures in the airport terminals or even outside the airports? You can't even take pictures on the outside of the airport. I have heard you can't even take pictures on your flight if it is over India. What is the penalty for doing so?

Is there any other country that is so strict on taking pictures of it's airport or airlines aircraft?

India could be such a beautiful place to take pictures I really wished you can.


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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Mon Mar 10, 2003 2:22 pm

N.Korea! However if you are quick you can probably get a pic at almost any forbidden airport. Speaking of N.Korea, I believe that there are 2 pics from the ramp of Pyongyang Airport from a photog with some major balls.

As for India, well I have been there but never attempted airport photography so I can not speak to that point. However perhaps it may be due to the very tense political situation in S.Asia, namely the relations between India and Pakistan.

Many African airports definetly frown on airport photography. I know this from personal experience when I was walking from our AZ 742 (no jetway avaliable) at NBO and I turned around to take a snap of the plane that I just exited when a ramp worker put his hand in front of my lens and stated that photography was forbidden at NBO. I also had a similar problen at Addis Ababa and Lusaka. Fortunely I received friendly but firm warnings on all 3 occasions.

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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Mon Mar 10, 2003 7:17 pm

... It's a pure stupid thing you need to respect when travelling in third world destinations. That's the way they see democracy, that's it. But be very carefull; you can't predict their reactions at all time.

When I fly to Freetown, we even have to announce that taking pics above Sierra-Leone is strictly forbidden !! So silly. The only thing you can shot are the cows and the Russian helicopters !

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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Mon Mar 10, 2003 7:49 pm

Most major airports in India double up as military facilities. On any given day, you can find a fairly decent number of military transport movements with an occasional fighter as well. For obvious reasons, photography of these is discouraged.
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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Tue Mar 11, 2003 1:24 am

Yes, but the photo ban is relatively new - enforced only in the last 10 years or so. Plus, Pakistan and China probably know where every single Indian Mig-23 or Sukho-27 is at any particular time of the day - I doubt if they rely on photos taken by a Mr. Khan or a Mr. Chin at Sahar Airport. I just see it as Indian bureaucracy at its predictable mundane worst.

I have spotted military transports at Delhi and in Rajasthan, but never at Bombay.
Btw, is there a ban on taking pictures on board Air India flights outside India? And why is it that we never see pictures of Air India interiors on this forum? They have such interesting interiors.
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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Tue Mar 11, 2003 2:10 am

I got a pretty stern warning for trying to get some shots around the perimeter road at BLR this jan while I was there. I was prepared for just that though. There were some interested military movements ... a couple of IAF IL76s, in addition to the regular commercial stuff - got a few shots, but didn't really push my luck. From what I heard, even apartment complexes around the airport there apparently have instructions to keep an eye on residents on the roof tops, etc... go figure.
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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Tue Mar 11, 2003 8:10 am

My mom always tells me that it is prohibited because India doesn't want Pakistan to know about its airports. Heavy fines can happen and you can risk getting your film and/or camera taken away.

On a side note: If anyone who is going to Jodhpur by plane, can someone try and sneak in a pic for Airliners.net? The terminal is a lovely lavender on the outside....

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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Tue Mar 11, 2003 10:09 am

So very true that all is. I have never gone to India but a Trinidadian journalist of Indian origin, travelling to India, commented in her newspaper article that the flightcrew announced to the passengers that no in-flight photos over India were allowed. It must all have to do with India's difficult relations with Pakistan and China, 2 long-festering conflicts.

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RE: Picture Taking At India's Airports?

Tue Mar 11, 2003 7:25 pm

I seem to have inadvertently stumbled upon the best spot to watch planes at Indian airports. I'm currently sitting in the Maharaja Lounge at BOM waiting out a 90 minute delay when I went to the mens room here. To my surprise, it has a HUGE window that has a clear and unobstructed view of not only the tarmac, but also the threshold of runway 27. I wish I had a camera handy, cos VT-EGA (my ride up to DEL) and VT-EVW are sitting ducks!  Smile
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