Well an odd subject this one. Sammy hostie i see your going for the controversial post then, and voodoo you do make an interesting case for objects becoming missiles. However why give out items such as headsets, personal kits and blankets pre take off. If there is a concern about camera use ask the individual to put the offending item into the seat pocket when not in use?
Now as for the point made by Sammy Hostie and Voodoo. Passengers are asked to switch off electronic transmitting devices. This is because it can (in circumstances still to be scientifically verified) interfere with navigational systems. A camera does not transmit a signal of any sort, nor does a video camera. A phone camera obviously does. I'm not going to start a slanging match about flight attendants and some of their "habbits", especially waking up passengers for safety demos, but its fair to say, do all hosties take the demo seriously themselves. Think back have you ever made a collegue laugh during the demo, or not kept a straight face yourself? Or seen a flighty laugh? On that note a quick story
I flew Ryanair PIK
. I shot the front of the aircraft and the hostie told me it was not allowed and i quote "because of september 11th". I asked her to expand and justify this and she tried however was shot down in flames on production of my LHR ID
pass as a dispatcher, and how i carry my camera airside. I think i may have also called her a Moron, but i don't remember!
Final point. BAA, never gonna happpen because they as the security provider at their airports take individual items from pax based on ICAO and IATA laws, as well as UK law. They do not have the mandate to remove individual airline prohibited items. Case in point, Air India pax cannot carry lighters on their person, do BAA confiscate all pax lighters? NO !
Relax spotters, never gonna happen