I'm quoting our esteemed webmaster here!
If that's the case, why is it so difficult to take pictures of airliners are some of the worlds airports?! And I am talking those in supposedly free countries!
I feel there is a contradiction here. I pull out a camera to photo a 747 basking in bright sunshine outside the terminal window, and I'm suspicious, but mum and dad can take a picture of their daughter with grandkid walking through security and thats not considered a problem!!
Thanks for you message.
Apologies - I didn't mean to imply that everyone in the aviation industry is like-minded in embracing the philosophy of share and share alike when it comes to images of aircraft.
The point i was trying to make was that it's a particularly visual industry and one that generates a large interest in the taking of and looking at photographs of aircraft, past and present.
Whether that interest is caterered for in every airport around the globe I couldn't tell you. And whether there's a case in arguing that facilities should be improved for amateur photographers is another issue.
However, I would suggest that holding me personally resonsible for the contradictory nature of security standards in and around international airports is perhaps a touch severe.
Having said that - I'll see what I can do ...
Michael TargettEditor, flightglobal.com
Please, perhaps I wasnt clear, but I wasnt accusing you of the contradiction, more the officials who police the airports! I certainly wasnt putting the weight of my frustration on your shoulders!
Last week, while bagging the shot of the LTU A330, which is now in my gallery, I was told I couldnt take photos of airliners at the airport. I wasnt even using my Pentax K1000 and big telephoto lenses! The contradiction is this: Downstairs, thousands of people about to leave, or just arriving on their flights are taking pictures inside the terminals and the aircraft outside the windows using cameras, cell phones etc. I have even seen instances of pictures being taken while the photographed was passing through the security line, with no intervention by anyone in 'authority'! I would never think of pointing my camera at a security check point!
The apparent double standard is frustrating when you are on the wrong side of it!
Just having a vent!