Should one have the cops called on them for taking photos like these? Probably not.

Are photos like these illegal? – depends on who you ask.

Phil Derner, owner of, posted a very important story about plane spotters and law enforcement today that I wanted to share.

I personally feel lucky that I have never been stopped by law enforcement while taking photos of aircraft, but it is always on my mind. People should be able to take photos of airplanes without being harassed, but unfortunately, that is not always the case. It is important to report suspicious people, but it is not okay to harass AvGeeks taking photos. READ THE FULL STORY

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Doctor Smith

Ports are public organizations (government actors) and can Not restrict one’s rights without due process. Due process means affording all rights and privileges statutorily required.

That’s right – without all the rights afforded by the State and Federal Constitution.

What does this mean? It means that police harassment for taking photographs of aircraft in a public place is absolutely illegal.
It”s as bad as police harassment for taking photographs of the cityscape from a city street, or painting the sea port from a public dock.

There’s no law against photographing aircraft from public places. There are no ”unofficial laws” in the Unites States. Do Not let understanding and reasonable sensitivity for 9/11 erode at the rights of US Citizens to view and record surroundings!

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