Well, I received an interesting and somewhat up-beat e-mail from HAS this afternoon. In short there are no plans regarding the closure of any of IAH 2 viewing areas, however the following statement was made.
"In fact we ourselves can not guarantee that we will not be constrained to adopt additional security measures in the future"
Which when you think about it only makes sense to make such a statement considering the times in which we live. A more positive statement followed however.
"At present we feel comfortable with the existing arrangement regarding your airport photography activities"
My impression is that if HAS, has their way the spotting areas would remain open forever. Upon re-reading the threads regarding the closures of MCO and FLL, I get the feeling these closings were not spearheaded so much by the airport operators themselves rather by bureaucrats in the various city governments that have little knowledge of aviation. I just hope this mentality does not spread to some vote hungary city councilman or ambitious bureaucrat here.
So, while we may lack a great deal of diversity and spit and polished observation areas like DFW and FLL, IAH (and HOU) are still welcoming the aviation enthusiast with open arms.
"Show me the Braniffs"