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Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:56 pm

When I boarded a United flight from Newark to Lima, Peru, in June, 2013, the first thing I did was take out my camera to photograph the cool-looking seat pods in my business-class cabin. Within moments, a flight attendant told me photos of the cabin were prohibited and referred me to the in-flight magazine for confirmation. Not wanting to be escorted off the plane for disobeying an order of the flight crew, I meekly sat down and complied. I didn't find anything in the magazine that supported the FA's claim that photos of the cabin are prohibited.

Later on in the fight, a FA told me that I couldn't even photograph the map on the IFE screen on the seat back in front of me!

So - are passengers now prohibited from taking photos of airliner cabins? Or was the FA misinformed?
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Wed Sep 25, 2013 3:28 pm

I never heard of cabin being off limits for photography. And am an major airline aircraft mechanic. Sounds more like a power hungry FA. In fact there are very specific do's and don't in the Operations Manual on the aircraft, everything from how the crew should keep up there appearance to how to fly the aircraft. I will check tonight when I go into work.
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:40 pm

United seems to have a very strict no photo policy:
Booted Off A UA Flight For Taking A Photo (by psa188 Feb 20 2013 in Civil Aviation)
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:10 am

They can make up whatever rules they want since it's their private property, but they'd have to be smoking crack rocks to think that no one will ever take pictures on their planes. I myself will vote with my choice of carriers
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:45 pm

A year ago I flew UA to LAX and I asked the FA if I could take a picture. I am a member of O'Hare airport watch and I showed her my ID and explained what I intended to do. They did not let me take a picture. I kind of sat down without a word for the same reason Spikecat mentioned. I had no intention of being escorted off the flight once the plane landed.
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:45 pm

This is where Iphones come in handy, do a "text message" and take a pic (on the ground of course or in flightsafe mode in the air) Guess United is so scared now since 9/11 but thats another topic.
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:22 am

They are not prohibited by most airlines.

I wish they were prohibited by Airliners.net.
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:54 pm

I recently flew United and was told by an FA that cabin photos are no longer allowed after she saw me snapping a few. She didn't make a big fuss about it, though, probably because a) I complied right away, and b) was one of her J pax.

Still, I got the shots I wanted (of the new 764 J cabin).
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:44 pm

My motto in this instance would be: "It is easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for a permission". When you snap a photo without asking, worst case is they will ask you to stop (probably not even delete it). Even if they would ask you to delete the photos, just undelete them later. As long as you don't cause a fuss, you should be OK.
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:29 am

I often think the real reason is that they dont want to be in the background or in the vicinity of someone taking a photo due to their current situation, shyness or feel it affects their work. When the seatbelt sign is on and they have sat down, fire away, abeit discreetly of course.
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RE: Are Cabin Photos Prohibited?

Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:24 pm

Quoting viv (Reply 6):
They are not prohibited by most airlines.I wish they were prohibited by Airliners.net.

I fully agree...

[Edited 2013-10-14 12:27:40]

[Edited 2013-10-14 12:28:31]
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