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May 10th, 2015, 03:07 PM #1Are Travel Affiliates Aware of Draconian Airline Photography "Rules"?
Travel affiliates, are you aware and are your site visitors who might be booking airline flights aware that they could face serious problems for merely taking a photograph of an airplane in plain view, or of another passenger, or, heaven forbid, a member of a flight crew?
This article from Friday's Washington Post describes some scary incidents where passengers, unaware of airlines' ambiguous and unpublished "rules" regarding photography have gotten in trouble both in terminals and on airplanes, even being taken off of flights because they dared to snap a photo: Flier beware: Airlines aren’t clear about their photography policies
Apparently, such "rules" give total and complete discretion to flight attendants to prohibit passengers from taking photos, at their whim.
A couple of quotes from the article:
"American Airlines doesn’t publish any prohibitions against taking photos of its aircraft. But late last year it updated its internal policies to allow employees at the airport, including ticket counters, gates, cargo, baggage, and onboard, to stop passengers from taking pictures.""...an airline employee ordered that [passenger Steven] Leslie delete the video. He politely refused, and then he, too, was escorted from the aircraft.
The reason? A crew member told him he didn’t “feel safe” being recorded."
May 10th, 2015, 05:02 PM #2
I'm glad I never sold "air" on any of my sites.
(Actually I started out selling hotel, air and car. Made VERY little on air and when Frank Lorenzo pulled commissions from Continental sales I stopped all air promotion and vowed to encourage people to drive whenever possible. LOL)
I'm thinking about replacing "hotels" with an entirely AdSense model (much less maintenance). Almost ready to do some testing on a couple of niche sites.
May 10th, 2015, 05:13 PM #3
Bill, as a travel affiliate, as a pilot, as a photographer, as a traveler, what do you think of these unannounced and unpublished "rules"?
May 10th, 2015, 05:54 PM #4
Some of them suck. However, I understand restrictions while on an airline's property. I agree with this quote from the article...
When pressed, most airlines say that their policies allow cameras to be used onboard to record a “personal” event, but that snapshots of the crew, other passengers or any security procedure are off-limits.
I even "blur" faces so people are not easily identified in photos I use on my sites. Example:
May 10th, 2015, 09:04 PM #5
And yet these same airlines LOVE the "viral videos" some passengers have recorded and posted of amusing pre-flight safety spiels.================================================================
Been away, now I'm back. Not as much, but I'm back & starting from scratch. Where I was, was fantastic. Where I am now, less so. Things have changed, become harder. So have I. Game ON!!!
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