I don't get to fly as often as I'd like to, so maybe this is more common, but recently I flew back from MCO and noticed something for the first time. We arrived pretty early at the airport and so while we were waiting there I was watching the gate where our plane would arrive, which was first used for a flight to Montreal. While the other plane was parked there, I noticed a rampie, or baggage handler (not really sure of their exact duties, or if they're the same thing essential) taking photos of the plane. At first I thought maybe he was an enthusiast on the side, though he was taking them with a standard looking P&S camera. Hardcore nuts using DSLRs, right?
Also he was taking some strange photos, like a close up of the blades in the engine, the tires, etc. He also took these types of photos of our plane when it finally arrived. The other thing that made it seem like they weren't for personal use was that before they pushed back the Montreal flight, he handed the camera to the guy operating the truck that pushes the airplane back.
Is this fairly common? I can't see what practical use photos like this would have for the airport itself. Even if something were the happen to a plane during it's flight, investigators could piece it together with the wreckage, CVR, and FDR.
I also did a search on this topic but came up with nothing. Maybe they aren't actually called rampies and that's why though. Not sure what else to call them.