I recently flew in to LCY, which I've done a few times and have aways enjoyed my visits to this uniquely hassle-free airport
Howeer my opinion has changed after what happened when I tried to take a 'few' photos within the main terminal. After taking my first shot, I was approached by an Airport employee and told it was forbidden to take photos for security reasons. A very strange remark as at MAN (where I work) they only outlaw taking photos of secure/restricted areas. Anyway when I checked this with the Customer Service desk I was told that the no-photography rule was actually due to copyright reasons and that only 'official' photographers could take photos both within and outside the terminal.
I had hoped to also take a 'few' shots of the aircraft outside, but felt reluctant in case some other official came up to hassle me. Two interesting points: 1) Before taking my photo within the terminal I did see an 'armed' policemen watching me from above, who said nothing and then looked away. 2) I saw an elderly couple sitting outside by the main entrance watching aircraft land and take-off; the elderly woman was using a pair of binoculars (ooooh!). Yet no one approached her.
I've never come across this rule in any UK airport before, and find it frankly ludicrous and completely over-the-top! What if a pax's family want to take a photo of their loved one before they leave, is that also not allowed - just in case some small part of the terminal can be seen in the photo?
If I had been spending hours walking around the terminal taking photos from every angle, or been using obviously professional equipment then that might be a different matter, but these 'few' photos were strictly for my own use, as a momento of my arrival in LCY!
Unless LCY changes this ludicrous policy, it will undoubtedly lose many of its fans, and spoil the image of what has been until now the best airport in the country in terms of its friendliness, efficiency, and providing a very enjoyable overall experience. Has anyone else had any probs at LCY?