i took a day trip down to ATL yesterday, where i spent the day flying in a Delta 737-200 sim and taking pics from the ASA end of concourse C...
after a few hours of taking pics there, the ASA gate agents apparently got worried about me, my friend, and Matthew Lee (he was there too, and he has some NICE photos on here!)
Photo © Matthew Lee
anyway, after a while an ASA gate agent came over to us, while we were taking pictures, and said:
"i'm sorry but you cannot take any more pictures here."
to which we all replied, "why's that?"
agent: "it's a new FAA regulation, it is illegal for any pictures to be taken inside the airport"
us: "yeah, right.."
then matthew lee stood up for us all and said "if you can bring me any paperwork showing me that it's illegal then i'll quit"
hooray for matthew!!!! so the gate agent stomped off and didn't come back with any more excuses to get us to stop taking pictures...
but later a national guard dude came over to us, and it just so happens i was in the midst of taking a picture, and he bumped into me (probably no accident) and said "What the hell are you guys doing?...HUH?"
i just kinda stood there for a sec, not sure of what to say having a national guard dude kinda invading my personal space...then matthew turned and said to him
"we're just amateur aviation photographers taking pictures of AIRPLANES...that's what we do as our hobby"
the nat'l guard dude said "oh, so no pictures of people?"
and then he walked off, but stayed around the area keeping an eye on us...
so just a heads-up to all you photogs heading down to ATL anytime soon...they're pretty anal about the picture taking, but just stand up for yourself, and as long as you are just taking pictures there is nothing they can do to stop you from taking pictures...just some advice: always stand up for yourself and your hobby...there is nothing illegal about it.