In the UK, I normally do all my photo taking at MAN
- the most spotter friendly airport on the planet IMO (really). At LHR
I sometimes run into the odd member of BAA security staff who insist it is illegal for me to take photos anywhere
in the airport! I always seem to have issues at LHR
, it's crazy!
In the USA, I am occasionally asked to show ID
if I am seen taking any pictures (usually while i'm perimeter spotting) and I would normally show my UK military ID
card. The local Police then change tact and those that I've encountered who are ex military, tend to start chatting to me and we compare notes about where we have been "on ops" etc. It usually ends with the officer telling me where the best spotting spots are to get the best views at the airport i'm currently at, which I think is mighty nice. I find that a lot of the US PD
officers respect the UK military a heck of a lot, and always seem to say "thanks for your help in Iraq" every time I speak to them, having shown my ID
On a couple of occasions the officer has returned later to ask how i'm getting on, but i've not actually been told yet to leave
. I tend to find that if you are polite and honest about what you are doing
and show the officers a sample of your photos, they tend to just leave you alone afterwards.
I have taken a few photos in SIN
as well and not been bothered - it seems that out there everyone
has a camera and they take pictures of everything!
The good news for me is that I am going to be working at a major UK airport this summer handling military charters (I'm a 'Movement Controller' in the military, so I spend a lot of time around aircraft) and I will be issued an air side pass too. So, provided I get permission, I may be able to take some air side shots