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Airside At ORD

Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:38 am

In a few weeks time, I am flying to FLL on AA from the UK and have a connection at ORD. Can anyone tell me what opportunities there are for spotting / photography from the AA gate areas and what are the authorities view on such a thing! I (hopefully) have a couple of hours to take care of after arrival formalities and would welcome any information.
Thanks in anticipation.
Kevin G
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RE: Airside At ORD

Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:47 am

The best spot at AA's terminal is at gate K29, if I can remember. I haven't been there in awhile, perhaps someone can give you the exact gate...

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RE: Airside At ORD

Wed Jan 12, 2005 1:27 pm

There isn't a K-29 at ORD, so I think the above post refers to K-19 which is indeed a pretty good place to spot. It's the last gate on one of AA's several concourses. If you'll be flying out of the H concourse you can also head to the end of that concourse for a pretty good view. If you have some extra time and are willing to walk a bit the end of the L concourse (near the Delta gates and some AA gates are there also) you'll have good views of the international terminal across the ramp.
Assuming you'll be arriving internationally, the train that you'll need to take from terminal 5 to terminal 3 has some pretty good views out the window. If you have extra time to kill you can ride the train all around the airport...it runs between each of the terminals and the remote parking lots.
Technically spotting and photography is perfectly acceptable at the airports according to the Chicago police, however some uninformed security guards have been known to harass spotters. I've never had any problems though. If you do get hassled ORD is such a big airport you can just head off to another concourse and chances are you wouldn't run into the same person twice.
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RE: Airside At ORD

Wed Jan 12, 2005 4:10 pm

Yea, K-19...I knew it had a 9 in it.

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RE: Airside At ORD

Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:49 am

Thanks Guys...
Arrival AA055 ex MAN (Approx 12.55PM) on 02-Feb
Departure AA1388 to MIA (Approx 4.42PM)
Hopefully a couple of hours to see some stuff.
Cheers
Kevin G
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Christian
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RE: Airside At ORD

Sat Jan 15, 2005 3:58 am

Is it ok to photograph in terminal 5 and 1.

It looks like SAS always uses gate M15, is that correct? And are there any good windows to see the aircraft I'm going to fly?

I'm going to ORD in March.

Thanks

/Christian
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