Just received a call from a couple of friends who were photographing arrivals in the public observation area at TUL
this afternoon. The airport police came around, did a field interview, checked ID
and came back and said their sergeant said they would have to leave. According to this Sgt. Hicks, there was a new TSA
directive that made it illegal to take photos of arriving and departing aircraft. They called me and I got on the phone....
I first called the Director of Airport Ops who was out. I then called the airport police who had an immediate attitude with me questioning their directives. I spoke with Sgt. Hicks who told me that according to a directive from TSA
dated 24 NOV 04, it was now illegal to take photos of commercial aircraft. I asked him who issued the directive and where did it come from. He told me it did not have a name on it and that it came from Washington, DC from the office of Homeland Security. I asked TSA
or Homeland Security? Then I got the line, "It is a matter of national security" He then told me that he was not going to discuss it any longer with me; that I could call Nancy McNair, the airport attorney. I called her and she knew nothing about it and suggested that I call Steve Cortwright, the TSA
Security Director for Tulsa. I called him and he likewise knew nothing about it but advised that he would check for me and phone my law office in the morning to let me know of the results of his checking. He was a decent fellow who did not have the airport police mentality of "I'm right, your'e wrong, so beat it..."
So, has anyone else heard this or is Sgt. Hicks full of hot air and s**t?
Let me hear from you if you have any knowledge of this "new directive"....