I used to visit MCO
twice a year until June 2002 when they hired a putz named Ken Harwood with the grand title of "Airport Security Threat Prevention Manager". He is the guy who instituted the new rules requiring photographers to request a pass, and, to use the garage locations only (its worthless due to the distances involved). He also eventually convinced the City Council of Orlando to fence in and block off the sandy parking area on Frontage Rd.. across the toll road from runway 18 thresholds a bit later in the year.
Up until he began his illustrious new career of harassing aviation enthusiasts, and, also intimidating airport personnel, MCO
(particularly David Wegman, Public Relations Ofc.) used to be pretty decent to us. Unfortunately, David has no choice but to follow the newly instituted guidelines when issuing photo passes.
On 6/26/02, after trying to run me off & falsely informing me that aviation photography & logging registration numbers was against federal law, then me telling him to blow off, Harwood made a dumb attempt to grab my logbook out of my hand without asking 1st and ended up with a very sore arm because of it. When he called the police and tried to press charges against me, the Orlando police officer who responded refused, informed him that he was in fact the assaultee and asked if I would like to press charges, I declined, but in hindsight, I wish I had.
I now make every attempt to boycott flying into MCO
because of their actions against aviation enthusiasts.