I went to my local airport, only served by AE and COEX, where I’ve never had any trouble before. Well this time the local Rambo decided to give me grief. I’m taking pictures of an AE Saab340 waiting to take off when I hear the sound of an round being loaded into an M-16. I turn around and the little f***er is standing 3 feet behind me with his toy pointed @ my head. With him is the airport security manager who immediately begins to yell and screen @ me. The security manager pulled the camera off my neck, broke the strap, and Rambo slammed me into the tree and kept me there until the airport fool had torn my camera case apart, broke my camera, and took all my film, even the unused rolls. I’m thinking about going to the hospital and see if my jaw was injured. It hurts to move my head and talk. After they finished, I was forced to sit on the ground while they played 20 questions. They wanted to know why I was there, what I was planning to do, if I knew I was breaking Federal law, and if I was going to make trouble by refusing to leave. I responded as best I could by saying that I was there to simply take pictures, never “planned” to do anything, and that there was NOT an FAA rule against photography. They insisted there was and wouldn’t show me the current FAA rule book. I told them they need to get down to Houston Intercontinental fast because IAH doesn’t know that it is against FAA rules. With that comment they told me if I didn’t leave right then, I would be arrested and turned over to the FBI. Well, after taking both physical and mental abuse, I was unable to continue the argument so I quickly left. I am going to go talk with the airport general manager as soon as I can. I know him because I interviewed him for a class project a while back. I’m going to make some heads roll and if necessary, I will take legal action against the two a**holes who assaulted me and Texas A&M University which runs the airport.
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