Funny that I just read this the other day. I'm pretty new (only 1 photo in DB
so far), but just today I was in a gas station parking lot near DFW
grabbing some stuff and decided to snap a few pictures (from inside the car even) since it had the view of landing aircraft. About 20 min later, a local squad car pulled up behind me and lit me up. The officer approached my car and asked for ID
. I asked her why and she said "someone reported that you were taking pictures of airplanes". The way she said it though, and the smirk on her face basically said it all. She looked like she was embarrassed to even have to ask me questions and it was a big waste of time.
After running my ID
, she came back and said sorry, but we had to check you out. There's no law against taking pictures of planes and we don't have a problem with it. She said she thinks that its still a little close to 9/11 and people get a little freaked out sometimes.
I'm glad I didn't have to endure some of the horror stories I've read on here. I knew DFW
was a pretty "photo friendly" airport, but it still spooked me a little. I can't believe someone reported me to the cops! It's pretty sad that unless I'm in a designated viewing area (i.e. Founders' Plaza at DFW
) I feel like I'm doing something wrong even though I know I'm not.