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Time for New York’s Port Authority to Admit It Doesn’t Like Photographers

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Firm rules about planespotting at New York’s airports will help reduce police harassment and confusion among aviation enthusiasts. (www.nycaviation.com) More...

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jkudlick
Jeremy Kudlick 5
The same thing exists among railroad enthusiasts: spotters innocently taking pictures often harassed by police who believe what they are doing is illegal. Strangely enough planespotting at Gravelly Point (directly below the Potomac Approach at KDCA) is still allowed, and police routinely patrol the area. Those police (combinations of Arlington, Airport, State, and Park police) know what to ask and know what to expect as answers. Perhaps the Port Authority needs to visit KDCA for lessons...
rwb2112
rwb2112 2
All airports should look at Gravely point as an example.
linbb
Boyd Butler 1
Most of the time when train people get harassed they are on railroad property which can extend some distance from the actual tracks. I am a train person also and have never seen anyone have problems if they were following the rules.
jkudlick
Jeremy Kudlick 0
I'm in a position to hear from the railroads directly. It happens several times a week throughout the country.
linbb
Boyd Butler 1
You may be but the fact remains that if you are not on there property they dont bother you at least from what I have seen around Wa and Or could be diffrent where you live.
bentwing60
bentwing60 1
I suspect that since the George Orwellian fiction in the novel becomes more fact than we care to acknowledge, post 911, a little profiling might not hurt, as I imagine most of the culprits are male, white and native born. Not the group in favor currently. Train, plane spotting is not exclusive to the genre, but I might imagine, in this country, they are the preponderance of the of the guilty party. As for homeland security, they may indiscriminately take your picture, but you may not take pictures in the same vain. Know thy borders, thou shalt not trespass. And the picture taker said, but I am outside of the fence!
Derg
Roland Dent 0
The problem is that a camera has to be aimed and operated same as a weapon. That is the issue.
jkudlick
Jeremy Kudlick 2
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BAN ALL CAMERAS! RIGHT NOW! ALL PICTURE TAKING IS ILLEGAL! PICTURE TAKING MEANS TRAINING FOR MANPADS! OH, $*&@(@(&%&^!(!@&$#
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