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....)