Fri, Sep 10, 2010
Agency Asks Airport Employees And The Public To Report Those
The TSA has launched a new campaign that asks airport employees
and members of the public to call police or the federal government
if they see someone "suspicious" photographing airplanes.
Photograph Of TSA Poster
The blog welovedc.com provides a picture of the poster
distributed to airports. It is part of TSA's "If you see something,
say something" campaign. TSA also produced a video showing a
person in a hooded sweatshirt with a long-lens camera standing
outside an airport fence.
After news of the poster hit the Internet, TSA posted a
statement on its blog that the poster "encourages vigilance," and
that it was not intended to criminalize photography. "Some felt
this poster didn’t go far enough in distinguishing between
general photography and suspicious surveillance activity," the
blogger wrote. "These images are simply meant to represent a number
of different scenarios that are common in and around GA airfields.
In fact, many photographers would be prime candidates to use such
vigilance programs to report suspicious activity since
they’re extremely observant of their surroundings. TSA works
closely with members of the GA community to implement security
protocols and programs to ensure the safety of the industry."
Editors note: We're all for vigilance, and we understand that
security is everyone's business. However, we'd encourage everyone
to use some common sense when it comes to issues such as this. We
hope that taking a photograph of an airplane won't at some point
result in a photographer winding up in handcuffs.
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