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When Is It OK To Take Pictures In The Plane?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:01 am

I will be flying FL soon, so I was wondering when it is appropriate to take pictures on a plane like during:

-Takeoff and Landing
-Boarding and De-Planing

Also, I need to give a letter to a FA. Do you think I should do it while boarding, in-flight, or after de-planing?

I'm flying FL 282 and 283 from PHF-MCO-PHF (O/W), no need to make connections.

Please tell me some tips, thanks!
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RE: When Is It OK To Take Pictures In The Plane?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:05 am

There's no right or wrong time.

Why do you say you need to give the F/A a letter? I would go by the mantra, "It's better to ask forgiveness than permission" in a case like this. Just shoot at your heart's desire, be a little discreet about it, and you should be just fine.

At least that's my advice, but I would gladly get contradicted because I don't have much experience with in-flight photography.

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RE: When Is It OK To Take Pictures In The Plane?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:10 am

From a pilot's perspective, I'd say officially it is OK anytime 'electronic devices' are permitted, meaning only before the door is shut at the gate, and above 10,000 feet. Unofficially I'd say anytime is OK, but if the FA tells you to put the camera away, do it without any complaints or attempts at explanation. As much as people hate to be told what to do, when you purchase a ticket on an airliner you agree to follow the rules of the crew, who have the backing of federal regulations behind them. I'm a photographer and airplane nut too as well as being an airline pilot. But as a passenger I'm bound by the same rules as everyone else, so when the crew says jump, I only ask 'how high'.

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RE: When Is It OK To Take Pictures In The Plane?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:11 am

First off:

1) Avoid taking any pictures from the plane while on the ground until the FAs sit down, where you are not visible.

So, just relax, watch the safety video or demonstration, wait till you here the pilot call for the flight attendants to take their seats for takeoff. When they are all sat down, pull your camera out.

If the F/A's catch you taking pics while on the ground or below 10000 feet, they will tell you not to use it until above 10k. If you do, you are commiting a federal crime.

This way, the F/As never told you directly not to use it, therefore you are not breaking the rules.

2) On decent, wait for the F/As to take their seats on final approach, then pull your camera out and snap away.

3) Cruise is the only 'legal' time you can take pics. But again, on akeoff and landing you can get away with it as long as the F/A's don't see you do it and/or say anythingto you about it.

Just be patient, wait till you are lined up in position and hold on the runway, and then pull the camera out.

About the letter, whenever you feel comfortable, relax and be confident, oh wait, that's talking to a girl you like.

Do it when you feel comfortable, don't do it in a suspicious way (walking up with an akward grin and slip the note into his/her hand). Make it clear they know what is being giving to them, so there is no chance of them thinking you are giving a bomb threat or some National Security crap they could come up with.

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RE: When Is It OK To Take Pictures In The Plane?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:11 am

I have never had any problems taking pictures in airplanes. The only time I'll ask permission is cabin shots when I board the plane and in-flight. I always have my camera on my lap when I take my seat, and never had problems taking photos during taxi, takeoff, climb-out, descending, and landings. I've have problems with video cameras on board, but that was when I fly on AA.
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RE: When Is It OK To Take Pictures In The Plane?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:13 am

There's no need to analyse this so closely. Just relax, start taking photos whenever there's something worth taking a photo of, and if you get told not to use your camera - fine, turn it off without an argument. But nine times out of ten the FAs couldn't care less. The only times I'd bother being discreet about it are during the safety demo and while the FAs are moving through the cabin doing final checks before takeoff or landing.

Interestingly, QF's safety cards expressly permit the use of cameras at any time (along with watches and medical devices).
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RE: When Is It OK To Take Pictures In The Plane?

Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:36 pm

Thanks for the advice. I'll take my chances by taking pics before door closes and after FL10000.

The letter I was talking about is a letter to ask a flight attendant to help with a project in my school. If I say it it would be really lengthy  chat 
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