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Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Fri May 23, 2003 10:59 am

I do recall a long thread a while ago about some photographers nearly getting arrested while the terror alert was high. Now that we're back to high alert, does any one know if there is a specific rule/regulation against photographing planes?
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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Fri May 23, 2003 11:39 am

No, there is no such regulation per se, except taking photographs of the security screening process I believe.

However, your local airport authority may have their own rules regarding prohibiting photography on parts of, or all, of their property.

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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Fri May 23, 2003 11:44 am

As far as I know, there is no rule against photographing planes in the US. Some of the official public spotting areas will likely be closed off and those with a camera near the airport are more likely to be hassled for taking photos. As for what you will encounter at any particular location, it will vary. Sometimes you will be approached immediately with great suspicion while at other times, the police will simply wave to you.
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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Fri May 23, 2003 11:57 am

There was a thread on here or another forum from a bunch of people at PHL. Joe Wagner Sr. was arrested by a Philadelphia policeman after they were told more than once to leave. Basically that's what happened. I was at MHT about 3 weeks ago one night with 4 other guys and a cop pulled up and asked us what we were doing, and then said "you have to go to the other side." Now since you're familiar with MHT, we were at the end of 35, the southernmost point of MHT airport. So the 35 landings were right over us, coming through the mist at night (it was BKN003) and we weren't about to leave. Besides, what does "other side" mean anyway? What kind of a request by an inept law enforcement official is that? We just stayed put for another 2 hours as the vapor trails drifted over our heads.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Tue May 27, 2003 7:29 pm

I was stopped by a Clayton County police officer last week in ATL acouple days after the alert level went to "Orange" in the US. He told me that I could NOT take photos because of the current alert condition. So I asked him if it was illegal, and he said no, that there just wasn't any photography allowed at this time. They were told to stop all photographers and take their drivers license and run a check on them. When he came back from running my info, I asked him if it would be OK to take photos after the alert level goes back down, and he told me that I would still be stopped because all photography is considered suspicious activity since September 11, 2001.
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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Tue May 27, 2003 10:42 pm

I was asked to leave the Lufthansa cargo area at DFW this weekend. He stated that it wasn't illegal to take pictures there but that my activities were suspicious. Maybe it was the 400mm f/2.8? He then proceeded to tell me how to get to founders plaza the official visitors area. Duh. I wasn't going to try to explain the sun angle to him, so I just left.

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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Wed May 28, 2003 12:57 am

I was also one of the people victimized in the previously mentioned March 29th PHL incident...they couldnt cite a specific reason to ask us to leave, and some officers told us it was ok to stay...basically, utter chaos...in the end an army of cops came and used brute force and intimidation to get us to leave, along with Joe Wagner Sr. getting unjustifiably arrested...just use extreme caution when spotting...I wouldnt go to any airport while were at Code Orange...

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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Wed May 28, 2003 1:25 am

Airport overlook at CLT is closed!!! I was so mad. I was there over the weekend with hopes that will be reopen again but no luck. Weather was good but place was closed.

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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Wed May 28, 2003 10:05 pm

Hey Lindy, I was there at CLT too on Monday. The overlook wasn't open but I was just glad that the cops weren't harrasing anyone standing against the fence taking pictures (like me!) I do hope CLT would open the overlook but as long as the terror level is "high" they are not going to. There are still good spots to spot at CLT but you just need to find them.

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RE: Terror Alert Level & Spotting

Fri May 30, 2003 7:14 am

Here at the MCO site you can photo but not rite now. When the Alert level goes back down you can still arrange to get the paperwork from Aiport Ops and go to the top of the carpark.
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