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Run Out Of London City...

Wed Nov 27, 2002 2:22 pm

Being an American I have had to put up lots of extra security since 9-11. Some of it is well meaning, some of it is stupid. (Security guard telling me that I can't take photos, much less be on airport property without HIS permission. This while being in full police uniform and driving a marked police car....Sigh.)

But the corker for me came the other day, the last day of my UK trip. A Brit friend and I were in the parking lot of London City, the sky had actually cleared a bit with real sunshine coming down on the planes, allowing for some nice photos. A couple of cops walked up and spoke with us for a few minutes. We compared war stories, they wished us well and headed off for the warm terminal. Then the Wicked Witch arrived. She identified herself as the "Director of Public Relations" for LCY and informed us that photography was not allowed at the airport without (A) Permission from the airport authority (available by appointment), and (B) Upon paying a fee to the airport.
We were then told to leave to airport property.

I can understand security issues. I can understand property rights. But this was just plain stupid. And on top of that we had to pay 4 and a half pounds for having used the nearly empty parking lot.

My point is that not only do American airports have silly security ideas and BOYCOT LCY! grrrr. (Well, it sounds good....)
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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Wed Nov 27, 2002 5:39 pm

In Britain we have the "Job's Worth People"

She sounds like one of those who has to make work for herself.

Tell her to stick her fee up her

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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Wed Nov 27, 2002 5:49 pm

To be honest ........ LCY is obviously so busy that how she found the time to come and see you is beyond me  Big grin

Im afraid Colin is correct .. there are far to many "jobs worht" people around !

Do you think if she read this forum she'd change her mind ?

nope i dont either ...... just think of it this way .... she's doind a fantastic PR job for LCY ... just makes you wanna go there .. dont you think ?

cheers Tony

(another thing... i can think of better places to go for piccies in London! )
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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Wed Nov 27, 2002 7:28 pm

The Director of Public Relations eh? responsible for promoting London City Airport in the local community? Looks like she's done a good job!
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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Wed Nov 27, 2002 8:04 pm

That's bad news for me, I was planning a LCY trip some day... any other good photo spots then?

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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Thu Nov 28, 2002 12:38 am

Yep sounds like a jobs worth to me too!

K, you can try shooting across the dock from the north but your facing south so the sun can be a problem. Its a great place to shoot though and its public land so they cant through you off it!


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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Thu Nov 28, 2002 1:14 am

I'm sure if part B had been stomped up then part A may have well been forgotten Smile
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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Thu Nov 28, 2002 1:22 am

Sadly, LCY is a privately owned airport (as are quite a number in the UK) so the owners can pretty much decide who they want to let onto their property, and what they will allow those people to do once there. There are at a number of UK airports signs at the vehicle entrances saying words to the effect of "people allowed in here only on legitimate business..." and I guess that means they can regard photography as not legitimate business and ask you to leave.

It does seem to be a bit over-zealous of LCY when the vast majority of other UK airports tollerate photographers, but hey, despite you being driven off by a woman I suspect that the airport suffers from the small d**k syndrome - small d**k, big noise (or rather small airport, big noise).

Don't waste your time there in future - they only have puddle jumpers visit anyway.

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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Thu Nov 28, 2002 1:51 am

Yup LCY is very much an extreme case, compared to other airports its alot different, and being an inner-city airport run for mainly business men it is full of assholes.

Oh well.
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RE: Run Out Of London City...

Thu Nov 28, 2002 9:14 pm

if you are in a public place, they have no legal right to challenge you if you are not engaging in an activity wihch is in breach of the law. If you cut a hole in the fence and went into a restricted area, then you get what you deserve. There are a lot of cases like this recently and its time that photographers stood their ground. Nobody can move you on from an accessible public area, irespective of what they regard as "legitimate business" whatever that would mean in a legal sense.

Most airports in the UK are tolerant of photographers, althpough not all encourage them. I have had a few run-ins with the "jobs worth" bunch and always successfuly stood my ground and even the police are OK to deal with - once they are happy that you'r not up to anything ,they generally leave you alone, wlthough they may come by every so often to have a look.


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