AC Agent at EWR Deletes Passenger's Photos

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  1. UA191

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    I wish someone would ask me for my phone / camera to delete pictures I took. :)
     
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    Agreed - why is it always the wimps that just stand there and take it?
     
  4. Flyer1976
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    I would have said Go Pound Sand to whoever asked me. :rolleyes:
     
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    I've been known to be a little more colorful to people that overstep their authority... :)
     
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    This.
     
  7. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Always easy to post to the internet from the comfort of your couch.
     
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    "AC" didn't really do this, unless someone can show that this is company policy. An individual, who is an AC employee, overstepped his or her bounds.

    As for me, I have had very positive experiences with the AC agents at EWR, though I rarely visit the check-in counter.
     
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    I always expect delays and pad my itinerary in expectation of them, so I would not care if I got canceled or delayed. There is no law (that I know of) barring people from taking pictures in an airport.
     
  10. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Sure, if you have the time, go for it. Here's something to prepare you:

    https://www.aclu.org/free-speech/know-your-rights-photographers

    (added a donation to the ACLU and EFF to my year-end to-do list)
     
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    Perhaps, but I'm terribly abrasive myself, and the worst thing these people can run into is someone that knows what they are and are not entitled to do... There's no policy against photography in public spaces at the airport, and you're well within your right to photograph or even videotape anything that happens, albeit the TSA folks (or in this case this particular gate agent) are not comfortable with the practice.

    I've told off several people at the airport and on the street when they overstep their boundaries, to the tune of "why don't you shut the F up" -- maybe I lived in New York for too long, I don't know.
     
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    Thanks for the link. A few years ago I would get stressed out if I was late, got delayed, or a flight got cancelled. To alleviate the stress I started padding my trips with an extra day before and after, so even an overnight delay wouldn't matter (I've had several of these connecting through DFW when my MSY flight was late coming in and caused me to miss the last flight out to London - this has happened several times). Despite this, I do understand that many others are under tighter time restrictions and could not afford a delay or cancellation.
     
  13. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Yes, that's all correct. And maybe the AC agent in this story would have backed off if challenged. Or maybe she would have escalated further. And cops aren't necessarily always following the rules they should. Having witnesses around would be a good thing, so the agent can't accuse you of something you didn't do. I certainly wouldn't have handed over my camera to her, I probably would have walked away.

    And I have some nice photos of malfunctioning UA kiosks and flight information displays at SFO. Was never challenged :)
     
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    Here's a question: the airport in general is public property, which assures the right to photography.

    What about space leased by the airlines? If I am in the United Club, in a building owned by the public but partially leased to United, can United restrict my right to take pictures of their awesome snacks and drinks?
     
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    The check-in counter space is probably leased to the airlines as well so maybe it doesn't count as public space, either ... :eek:
     
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    That would have been my follow-up question :) But how far does that leased space reach? (I have a pretty good telephoto lens :D)

    (I have always wondered what authority those elite security line BP checkers have... are they operating in public space, or do the airlines lease the space right in front of the elite checkpoints so they can give their elites exclusive access to the TSA backrubs?)
     
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    I would have just acknowledged her by looking at her directly in the eye, then give her the silent treatment.

    Better off saying nothing, she can yap all she wants.
     
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    It's stories like this that make me so freaking angry! Anyone who works at the airport can make up whatever policy they like as long as you don't have the time to asset your rights. You don't have to miss your flight, all the agent needs to screw you royally is to keep you talking long enough to miss the baggage drop-off cut-off.
     
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