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Publishing Details Of Cabin/ Flight Crew

Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:48 pm

In these days of instant connectivity, with mobile phones, tablets and cameras, etc, equipped with blue tooth and other wonderful features, it is easy to take and upload pictures of whatever one wants. But should there be any standards applied before deciding to take an photo and uploading it?

In trip reports that I have uploaded I have included photos of some of the cabin crew and generally crew are happy to pose and smile. In some of the reports submitted by others we can see staff getting into the spirit of things and adapting amusing positions. Only occasionally has anyone said no or questioned why I am taking the photos. I can understand that but it does bring to mind what standards travellers have (if any) for taking photos and, more importantly in my mind, how do cabin staff really feel about having their image captured?

My normal practice is to state upfront that I write trip reports that may be published and to request permission before I take photos. This applies not only to photos of cabin crew but of the aircraft itself. Generally I have found that crew are happy to go along and have a bit of fun with the passengers. On only one flight has the person that I asked queried it and after explanation been happy to go along.

So my question is twofold: how do crew feel about having their photo taken, and what standards do the travellers/ passengers in this forum adopt?
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RE: Publishing Details Of Cabin/ Flight Crew

Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:53 pm

Quoting Quokka (Thread starter):
what standards do the travellers/ passengers in this forum adopt?

No pictures of the crew or any other persons on my own initiative. Of course, when taking pictures of terminals and such, there will most likely be people on them, but I usually make use of a soft-focus effect so that they cannot be recognized. Exceptions would be special flights where crews or airline officials pose for the media. I think I would join them in this case.

Even if crew members gave me the permission to take and upload photographs of them, I would not feel comfortable with sharing them at a public forum. Who knows who will see these pictures? Perhaps people with bad intentions - and I am not going to put anyone at a risk that I cannot really assess. Same goes for other sensitive information such as full names or layover hotels. However I usually post pictures of special areas of the aircraft (cabin, cockpit, galley,...) as long as I have the permission to from the crew.
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RE: Publishing Details Of Cabin/ Flight Crew

Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:03 pm

From my experience, most American crews are always happy to pose for a picture, especially the flight crew. I haven't been turned down when I request an FA if I could visit the flight deck. I am guilty of sneaking a picture or two of the FAs w/o asking and some have caught me do it but didn't say anything or reacted negatively. I guess being "young" helps. I always take dozens of pictures at the airport and other passengers won't even stare at me or give me a dirty look, probably because they think it's my first flight  

I've had different stories in Asia, particularly Korea. I was caught taking a video while on final approach to ICN by a flight attendant, she told me to turn it off, though in a polite manner. While disembarking in MNL on an Asiana flight, I asked the flight attendant if I could visit the cockpit or have a picture with the cabin crew, she quickly declined, though I think it was from shyness since she covered her face (I wasn't even holding my camera)

Although in the Philippines, most of the flight crew and flight attendants are more than happy to allow you to take pictures around the cabin and in the cockpit, like here in the US.
It's a cultural thing.

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