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How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 7:27 am

Or security.....

LET'S SEE WHO HAS THE RECORD!! Big grin

Every airport you've had a run-in w/ cops or security!

"*" means you did not have to leave.

ME:

MIA
FLL
PBI
RSW
SRQ
TPA
MCO
LGA
BDL

That is all, I believe. Incredibly, I haven't been bothered at EWR or JFK. The last time I visited DCA and BWI, I was in a location I KNOW I should've been. But I got away w/ it. LGA is interesting. I parked my car at the Marine Air Terminal lot, the walked over to the police station and spotted through the fence because the aircraft were departing from runway 4. So then I hear this "WHOOP, WHOOP, WHOOP!!!!" Guess who? "You can't park in here!" I retorted back, "I'm not parked in here!" "Where are you parked?" "Over in lot6." So I had to leave.
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 7:32 am

LGA, JFK and ISP, which is actually every airport that I've spotted at.

I've had a total of 4 stops.
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 7:35 am

Only MDW for me. Twice but the second one was a really good one cause they left when someone showed them their photos of planes he took at MDW while we there there, but we didn't get chased off that time. Thank you Don! Big thumbs up
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 7:39 am

For me:

BRU, LHR and AMS Big grin

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:32 am

Never had any problems, but I generally only go to the designated areas.
 
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:40 am

Never had problems but I take my pictures in the terminals. I usually don't stand outside the airport. The cops never bothered me.

Mark
 
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:52 am

DFW and HKG for me.


[Edited 2003-07-29 01:52:34]
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 8:53 am

Yesterday my friend (JFKTOWERFAN) and I spotted at JFK for 5 1/2 hours and we had no problems with security.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers!
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 9:19 am

BRS for me and thats it! Big grin
 
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 10:05 am

MCO (supposedly they were on their way)
MIA
LGB
MHV
JFK
LAX
TPA

Justin

[Edited 2003-07-29 03:08:49]
 
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 10:24 am

DEN, not for spotting though. i've ben hassled by cops for other reasons at countless locations.
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Jul 29, 2003 1:03 pm

PHL...the now infamous March 29th incident...

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cop

Tue Jul 29, 2003 1:11 pm

I was hassled by security (or someone like that, they were in normal clothing) and was told to stop taking pictures or leave at SFO. Also at the time I was only 14 years old and I was in the terminal. But 15 minutes later after having a coke I went back to the same spot.


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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 8:04 am

Where in TPA, Justin?
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:54 pm

SEA - The Port of Seattle and King County cops have all been cool. They just ask what I'm doing check I.D.s and look at the 4x6 photo album
I made for that very occasion. Only been booted out once and that was two days after Israel Air's Kenya ground to air missle incident.

MCO - Just checked I.D. went on their way.

ATL - To quote the 6'5" 300 lb gentleman from the Fed Bureau of ~~~~~ (I didn't get what the last word was. I was checking out the gun turrets in his Suburban) he said; "We don't like you here. You have to go."

It was fun while it lasted.

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 3:02 pm

Never been hassled (AMS, BRU, SAN, KUL, Japan), they usually wave at me  Smile

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 3:07 pm

I was on the ramp with a friend....it was pretty stupid. He told us we should take the pilots first etc etc (plus I had just been in the cockpit too). We were leaving anyways becaue it was getting dark.
 
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 5:04 pm

LHR
LGW
MCO
FLL
BOS
FARNBOROUGH,UK (CODE ??)

Almost all where very friendly but the final outcome was always the same , p+++ off...

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 7:41 pm

Questioned:
SIN (semi-arrested)
PER

No questions:
PKU
PEN
KUL
ADL
SYD
CGK
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 8:08 pm

Hi,

The list is endless;

SIN
PEN
BKK
HKG (only at Chek Lap Kok)
TPE
DPS
KUL
MAN
LHR
FRA
MUC
JFK
MCO
SYD
and more...

I've never been forced to leave, but sometimes a little self-assesment of the situation does no harm and one's decision to move on is usually applicable.

The only place where you can do just about anything you want is Jakarta (CGK) and what an experience that place is!

Regards,

Paul.

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Jul 30, 2003 11:06 pm

NCL, that's it.

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 1:18 am

BRU, 3 x in one day, never been back terrible airport)

AMS, only once by a rent-a-cop so they are to be ignored anyway Big grin. Normally the cops wave at us, even the military police!

LHR, 3 or 4 times. All the times during sencitive periods so that's to be expected these days. That day that there where tanks a few months ago I was also there. Got sent of by an officer with a machine gun! You normally do the police armed like that! He even noted down my ID and everything. That's the closest call so far...

STN, terrible airport for photography. I have been there twice and both times I was sent off. Once after 30 min (personnel record) and once after 3 hours.

LCY, the head of security asked what I was doing. Just answered and had a short chat about planes. Quite a nice guy, no problem at all.

DUS, I leaned against the railing but apparently it looked like I was sitting on it which is not allowed. As such the security lady asked me to not sit on the railing.
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 2:31 am

I've never been "hassled" by cops, mainly because I behave myself and don't get into arguments with them.
I also make sure to always dress smartly and be courteous. A friendly wave when they drive past on patrol can create a lot of goodwill, far more than shouting about your "rights" if they ask you to leave.

I've been asked to leave ONCE, and then only asked to move out of a field because they didn't want many people there and it was getting too busy for comfort. Just move to another spot where there are other people and no problems at all.

The police are there to do a job. As long as you let them do it they're your friends.
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 7:51 am

MEX (my airport) ACA, DFW & MIA.

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 9:51 pm

The only place I have ever had any trouble was CDG (surprise surprise!) - it was a coach trip many years ago and a danny de-vito look alike caught us - problem was that we have just gotten off an interterminal transfer bus and were nowhere near any planes.

He kept the four of us there for 90 minutes as they could not find anybody to speak english (very likely!! at a major airport) by which time we had missed the coach and had to pay for ourselves to get to Orly to meet up with the coach again.

No apology when we were allowed to leave and i have not been back to Paris
spotting since.
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cop

Fri Aug 01, 2003 10:47 pm

STL - parked at a nearby hotel, and walked onto airport property along the perimeter road. I was there for nearly 2 hours when the airport police finally showed up, questioned me politely, and told me to walk back out.

BOS - on top of the Terminal B parking garage. A nice MassPort man came by and told me how the FAA restricts photography at airports. I thought about telling him how full of it he was....but to what end? So I paid my parking fee and left.

BDL - same deal as STL. Packed in along the perimeter road, took up a location on a hill overlooking the runway, when a nice Conneciticut State Trooper came by, and unlike the police at STL, very abrubtly told me I was tresspassing, and to leave immediately. I then tried another location overlooking a different runway. Yep, you guessed it, the same trooper came by. Seems I was tresspassing again.

So what is it? Tresspassing? FAA regulation concerning phogotraphy? Are we somehow, by default, the new communist party? If it is an FAA regulation issue, somebody better tell the nice folks down in Charlotte, NC to close their observation park, located on airport property. I don't want the FAA getting angry at them too. When you think of benign (spelling?) ways to spend your time, this has to be at the top of the list. We hurt nobody. As a matter of fact, I see myself as a public servant, showing the positive and colorful side of aviation.

Maybe it's time for Airliners to issue Press credentials to those who have acheived a certain level of publication here. Anybody have any thoughts on that?
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Sun Aug 03, 2003 8:06 am

For me the were:

AMS
LHR
LIS
EWR

No problems on the most airports, but I think the cops/security is worse (for spotters) after 9/11.

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Mon Aug 04, 2003 6:29 pm

For LGW add the words " x 2 " !!!!!!

I was spotting / taking photo's from the car park (a spot i have used for over 15 years without problem) when what looked like a 10 year old in a NCP uniform informed me that photography & watching planes was now no longer allowed on NCP property. I did state that i was in my car in a car park that i had paid to be parked,but i just got the same reply in a rather robot like " Photography & taking photos etc etc. "

I was then informed that i should use the viewing gallery provided. By this time i was getting a little peeved and said what harm was i doing. And explained that if i was waiting for a flight i would not have been moved on. Its the double standards that gets me. It seems as soon as you state you are into planes you are regarded as a threat.

Anyhow after watching the same dork move on a young lady who was doing no harm but just letting her 2 toddler kids watch the planes i gave up and move the the viewing area. Just to add to the overall annoyance of the day i then got to the viewing gallery (a place i had not had to visit for over a year) to find that the complete view off all landing aircraft was now blocked. What the hell is the point having a viewing area when you cannot see what lands !!!! After taking to a few people with comments like BAA's "master plan to kill plane spotting" i gave up and went back to LHR to see the first JL 777 land. Which turned out to be the only hightlight of a complete waste of a day !!!!

LHRSIMON

PS : I did laugh at the previous comment that stated "i dress smart and give the cops a polite wave when they go past". Sorry mate but i dont know what airport your watching planes at but if you tried that LHR or LGW they would think you were taking the p++++ !!!!

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Aug 05, 2003 3:15 am

been hassled most places!

the worst was being accused of plotting to hold up the post office at LGW!!!

the best was at stanstead when i could not reg an aircraft and the cops drove around and came back with the reg (yrs ago!)

oh i remember LHR and being accused of setting off flares at 27L, a thorough search proved negative on the flare front!!!

all in a days work i guess!!!!!

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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Aug 05, 2003 5:45 am

ROC-I was sitting in my car in the same place I sat at for years,and right after 9.11 . This was in December 01 when I glanced in my r/v mirror and saw a Monroe County Sheriff walking up to my car with his hand on his Glock (I must be a criminal to heve the cops ready to draw). I was expecting a friendly hello , what are you doing,etc. I was asked what I was doing,I said watching planes. 'Don't you know how to read I was asked?' I said yeah,why? 'Those signs on the fence say no trespassing!' I remarked that meant on the other side of the fence. "Move now or be arrested!" I relented and left,very pissed off. As I was leaving another public servant was harrassing an old man picking cat-tails way away from the fence!
I wrote the Sheriffs a letter asking what the new law was,and got NO response. I also sent one to the airport direct and received nothing back.
So,the next Saturday I went back to the same spot and the cops just drove right by. I went back the following Sat and was again approached by a lady Shetiff this time.I was again asked what I was doing there.I responded the same and I was told that every time someone parks there the 'tower' calls the police (later I found out this doesn't happen!) . I was also told that she was placing my license plate into an airport persons database (so when someone does something stupid I'de get a visit.! Well,at least she didn't kick me out. I haven't been hassled here since.

LAS-When I went in October 02 I was taking a pic thru the fence of Omni's DC-10 and as I turned to walk back to the car I saw one of LV's finest eyeballing me. So I walked over to his side of the car as I did nothings wrong. Where are you from ,he asked? New York I said . "We have people come as far away as England to see the planes here" I know ,I said . You just looked a little suspicious. I know I said. Well,have a nice day. With that he left,very cool!
That's about it. I was in LAS last month and MIA in Feb and wasn't hassled!
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Tue Aug 05, 2003 4:56 pm

My exprience is this it really all depends on who you get and when. I was at the BNA (Nashville Tn) viewing area and was on the grass in front of the viewing area this airport police guy came over to me and took my ID info and called it in for what I don't know. Then told me I could take pictures from the viewing area but not from the grass UH. What the hell is the diffeance about 30 feet it is still about 100 feet from the fence.
Then about three weeks later I was in the same viewing area and a Ospray took off and a different airport police officer was in the viewing area watching the ospray take off so I walked over to him and asked if it was allright to take pictures from the grass and far down could I go and he said " As long as you stay about 50 or 60 feet away from the fence you will be all right"

I did not tel him about the other officer taking my ID down.

So like I said depends on who sees you.

Also another gripe I have is why is it all right to take pictures from a official area but not from an area about 1/4 mile away, makes no sense.
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RE: How Many Airports Have You Been Hassled By Cops?

Wed Aug 06, 2003 6:29 pm

Add another to my list; BGO

I was taking pictures from the top level of the car park, afterwords I walked down to the terminal where two police officers stopped me.

Police; "Excuse me, you have been observed on the car park building, acting suspicioucly. What are you doing here?"

Me; "Taking some pictures...."

Police; "Why!!??"

Me; "Just a hobby i suppose..."

Police; "what are you taking pictures of?"

Me; "Some of the airplanes."

Police; "Why?"

(At this point both me and the police are getting a tad frustrated)

Police; "Look do you have any ID, we want your name and address." (I give it to them.) "Have a nice flight."




Not the worst....

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