This has caused some debate in the UK.
How do you prove who and what you are? If you can prove your identity why another card to prove your hobby? Will you be shown 100 pictures and be asked to identify the aircraft, airline and airport and you need to get 75% right to pass and get your card? Will you need 3 references? Who referees the referees? What about casual visitors/photographers, not the die-hard ones. Who will confirm their credentials? What if you're not a member of a society? I'm not a member of any society and only visit my local airport occasionally. Is that the end of my hobby?
Will the ID
card actually mean anything if you've done nothing wrong (yet) and can easily get one anyway? Will you be banned from a 5 mile radius of an airport if you haven't got an ID
You don't need an ID
card to be vigilant and if anyone wants to get one for illegal purposes, they'll do what's needed to get one. All the ID
will show is that you've got an ID
card and your details will be on a computer somewhere. Were the 9/11 hijackers on a variety of computers and didn't one get a visa 6 months after 9/11?
Will it work in America? Will every airport security department, or police, want to take on the responsibility or just spending the time of vetting photographers/spotters, interviewing them, handing out ID
cards, etc, etc. Will the cards be usable at different airports? Would an IAD
card work at ORD
) (FRA / FRF / EDDF), Germany">FRA, etc, etc?
Excuse the rant, but there are too many weak points that make such a scheme meaningless despite everyones' best intentions.