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Matt Molnar
07-21-2010, 10:19 AM
Popular Mechanics:

Taking Photos In Public Places Is Not A Crime: Analysis (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/computer-security/taking-photos-in-public-places-is-not-a-crime)
Too many officials think taking photos is a crime. Here’s why they’re wrong.

By Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Legally, it's pretty much always okay to take photos in a public place as long as you're not physically interfering with traffic or police operations. As Bert Krages, an attorney who specializes in photography-related legal problems and wrote Legal Handbook for Photographers, says, "The general rule is that if something is in a public place, you're entitled to photograph it." What's more, though national-security laws are often invoked when quashing photographers, Krages explains that "the Patriot Act does not restrict photography; neither does the Homeland Security Act." But this doesn't stop people from interfering with photographers, even in settings that don't seem much like national-security zones.
[Full Article (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/how-to/computer-security/taking-photos-in-public-places-is-not-a-crime)]

Derf
07-21-2010, 12:53 PM
GREAT POST :borat:

seahawks7757
07-21-2010, 03:29 PM
So for EWR just stand on the side walk and you should be fine according to this. Who's gonna go test that one? :P

megatop412
07-21-2010, 04:09 PM
EWR has a policy that if you are driving by on I-95 and happen to look out the window towards the airfield they will pull you over and do a full cavity search, all the while referring your objections to the Patriot act

emshighway
07-21-2010, 05:13 PM
EWR has a policy that if you are driving by on I-95 and happen to look out the window towards the airfield they will pull you over and do a full cavity search, all the while referring your objections to the Patriot act

And the PANYNJ wants to charge you for even looking at the airport...

threeholerglory
07-21-2010, 05:30 PM
So for EWR just stand on the side walk and you should be fine according to this. Who's gonna go test that one? :P

been there, done that :P ewr-spotting-incident-1-10-10-t18065.html-st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=ewr (http://nycaviation.com/forum/ewr-spotting-incident-1-10-10-t18065.html-st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=ewr)

Delta777LR
07-23-2010, 11:09 AM
Thats why I dont mess with EWR much now, havent been there since the 1/10/10 incident...

Altitude9
07-23-2010, 06:20 PM
Thats why I dont mess with EWR much now, havent been there since the 1/10/10 incident...

You just have to approach the field from a slightly different vantage point. ;) ...you know, like about 1500 feet over the 4/22 runways. ;)

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1974/154/11/1596592859/n1596592859_30093432_3932.jpg

This guy below was about eye level with us as we were traveling Eastbound.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v1974/154/11/1596592859/n1596592859_30093433_4163.jpg

Speedbird1
07-25-2010, 05:28 AM
My friends visit JFK mostly on Sat. One guy just sent me a message stating that he and his friend were spotting from behind a window at one of the terminals when suddenly a lady told them that the terminal is only for ticketed passengers and they must leave at once or she will call the cops. They weren't even taking photographs; just spotting. Now, they say they'll never visit JFK. I don't know which terminal or who the lady is. They should have gotten her name. This happened to me about 20 years ago at the Delta Terminal. A security guard from Argenbright asked me for a ticket then told me to leave. He even escorted me to the terminal exit and watched me leave. Very humiliating. I didn't give-up my rights. I wrote a nice letter to Delta Airlines and I received a letter stating that I had permission to photograph from the terminal. It looks like we're back to those days where only ticketed passengers are welcome at JFK.

flyguy1
07-26-2010, 06:37 PM
Here is another interesting article about public photography, that I came across today:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 0072503132 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/25/AR2010072502795_2.html?hpid=sec-metro&sid=ST2010072503132)