GARUDAROD
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Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 2:11 am


As of 9am 21Apr, the spotting area at FLL is still not reopened to the
public. As it has been nearly a week since the Terrorist alert was down-
graded, and this was the reason given for closing the viewing areas in
various airports, my question is Has Plane Spotting become a thing of
the past as we know it. With the release that Al Quaida was planning to
launch a missile at a passing Jet going to LHR from Legoland, and the
concern that a shoulder fired SAM missile could easily be launched within
an airport vicinity, has the true hobby of watching our beloved planes
become a casualty of a modern world?
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 2:15 am

Well don't lose all hope, I am sure this silliness will settle down over time

Some airports already recognize that spotters exist and want to be able to enjoy the airport.

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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 3:03 am

And the answer is no. I spent about 5 hours at DEN yesterday and over 7 and a half hours last Sunday and not a single problem. Security just waves and drives by.

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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 3:18 am

What was the line from Anger Mangement? 'Our country is going through a difficult time right now, sir.'
I think many people in this country understand to keep an eye out for anything strange but to carry on with life as normal. I have not seen problems around PDX for spotters. Parents take their kids to watch the planes, people are out taking pictures, and there are just the usual people out for a noontime stroll along the bike path. In fact, when LH started flying here on 3/31, there were about 200 people lined up to watch!
Spotting is certainly not a thing of the past at PDX!

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GARUDAROD
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:36 am



Sounds like the Western half of the country is not considered at threat
by spotting. Glad to hear some airports have gotten back to normal.

Hey Seb
Do you know what that mystery B747 was in the background, past the
engine run up area?
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:42 am

As I've posted on....several other occasions...all of IND's spotting parks have been permanately closed. They are going to have to literally cut down trees to reopen them...and I highly doubt this is gonna happen. They've been closed since Sept 11th....still I am completely dumbfounded that one is now the waiting area for taxi cabs  Smile
 
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:57 am

And of course Frontage Road at MCO is still closed.
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 1:38 pm

FutureFO,

Yes, the Frontage Road spotter area is still closed, and looks to be permanently (the road itself is still open though). This is the stupid part - I work over near the Airport Marriott (back in the office complex down the street from Chili's) and we have aircraft flying low and slow overhead all night long. From where I work, I have a very-well-concealed spotting area and certainly, there would be nothing to stop a determined terrorist from firing a Stinger off! Some security closing spotting areas was!

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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 1:44 pm

All spotting areas at Port Columbus are open, and have been for some time. The official viewing area off Hamilton Rd. overlooking Runway 28L is open to cars and is frequently visited. The short-term parking garage which overlooks Concourses A and C is also open. Airport Police usually patrol the airport perimeters and other areas, but I have never had a problem with them.
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 9:52 pm

Happy to say Founders Plaza (DFW) is open.
 
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:25 pm

MxCtrlr,


Have been assisting the rest of us Floridians to get the Frontage Road unofficial spotting area reopened. I had sent a letter to Jeb and also to Buddy to get it reopened as there are not too many areas that are spotter friendly. I mean you can always sit over on the areas near Tradeport but that is too risky.
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:33 pm

Hell, if I wanted to shoot down a plane going into Heathrow, there's a million places I could fire a missile from (I mean, who hasnt read SAM7?). I really don't understand the logic of closing down spotting areas - ESPECIALLY monitored ones, such as the viewing deck at Heathrow or the one at LAX (are these still closed?).
 
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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:46 pm

It's doesn't make sense to me. If I wanted to shoot down a plane, I would avoid the airport!! There are indeed a million places you could shoot from. Here at Schiphol the viewing deck is still closed. I can't find anywhere information about the reopening... I think they will reopen after the war in Iraq.

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RE: Has Spotting Become A Thing Of The Past?

Wed Apr 23, 2003 12:51 am

ZRH spotting areas are open as ever, viewing deck accessible after a sec check, the airport company even cut big holes for camera lenses into the fence...

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