Ok guys its time to do something about the situation at ORD. I know the police wont do jack but maybe the newspapers will.
Heres what i wrote to the Daily Herald.
"I am an aviation photographer and i visit O'Hare alot to take photos. I have been stopped by the police a couple times before and questioned what i was doing. Today it seems was diffrent. A police car pulled over and 2 officers came out. They questioned me as usual and asked me for any kind of ID, i showed them my school ID and library card as i had nothing else on me. Then the one of the officers looked through my things which was my camera and a videocamera. He said he dosent feel comfortable with me taking photos of planes and that "i am gathering usefull information" I didnt want to argue with him but it is complete nonsense because hundreds of thousands of photos of planes are everywhere. I told him it was my hobby and he just shook his head. He also asked me how i got there. I told him my dad dropped me off and went back home. He found it suspicious and told me that lots of dangerous things could happen to me. I left the area because I dont have the power to argue with the police.
Let me add that this was a public road and a common place for planespotters to watch planes and take photos.It was right off of Irving Park by the Aerospace Center. According to the FAA and the Chicago Aviation Authority laws taking photos of planes isnt illegal anywhere but in the security areas inside terminals. I told the officer that what i was doing wasent illegal. He just told me that It didnt feel write and that i could be gathering information which terrorists could use. I was surprised that a police officer would stop a 16 year old white student and accuse him of gathering information that could be used by terrorists.
I asked the officers if there were any other spots to watch planes and they told me that no and i should leave. O'Hare is probably the most unfriendly airport for people who love aviation. There is no viewing area whatsoever. It is a shame that such a great activity and a past time has gone to waste.
The situation is one of the worst in the world with Chicago."
The exciting thing is that Daily Herald and possibly the Chicago Tribune is interested in actually writing about this and the dirt poor spotting situation here in Chicago. i have gotten an email from the Transportation Editor in the Daily Herald and the Tribune and been asked some questions and possibly even good for a story. Its about time someone will try to fight for at least 1 safe spot at O'Hare. Too bad, ive emailed the police dept. at ORD and gave the 2 officers name who stopped me and told them to look into it. These 2 cops also stopped some other spotters....maybe at least we can do something about them.