Creepers taking photos up the skirts of flight attendants should be arrested – I doubt anyone would disagree with that. Even so, reserving the right to take photos of flight attendants in our mobile phone world is an important accountability mechanism that must be preserved.
Ban Photos Of Flight Attendants? Bad Idea.
View From The Wing writes a story entitled, “Passengers Need To Stop Taking Photos Of Flight Attendants.” The subject of his story is how a man appeared to be taking video up the skirt of a flight attendnat as she rolled by wtih the beverage cart. But he was called out for his tawdry behavior…and detained upon arrival.
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Gary says, “While I’m sympathetic to airlines that may want to limit the practice on their private property, I think it’s bad policy,” yet still suggests that airlines have the right to restrict photography of flight attendants onboard.
Well sure, no one has the right to take a photo up the skirt of anyone without consent…that has nothing to do with an airline or even a public versus private venue.
But to go from condemning that behavior to suggesting all photography is questionable is a step too far.
I think United’s (latest) photo policy is best:
Any photographing or recording of other customers or airline personnel that creates a safety or security risk or that interferes with crewmembers’ duties is prohibited.
No, you cannot interfere with the duty of crew members, but you can record them.
The denied boarding incident I recently wrote about involving a pair of American Airlines gate agents at Austin (AUS) got me thinking about the absurdity that photography is somehow off-limits due to “privacy” concerns. Sorry, that ship has sailed and as Gary himself mentions, cell phone photos and videos provide a critical accountability tool.
Take the David Dao, situation, for example. Until video emerged the United Airlines narrative was that he was simply an unruly passenger. But when passenger video emerged of him being bloodied as he was dragged off the plane simply for not wanting to give up his seat when he was already onboard and had done nothing wrong, the narrative totally changed.
We live in a world in which the ability of everyone to record everything has led to excess…and yet enabling everyone to capture moments as they occur has doubtlessly held people accountable for wrongs that may have gone unpunished or unnoticed the past. Rodney King, anyone?
If a flight attendant is rude, power-tripping, or otherwise nasty, I want that flight attendant to be held accountable. Sometimes videos or photography is the only way such accountability can occur.
I got thrown off a flight for taking a picture of my seat…I wish I had captured that flight attendant freaking out over my photo and then lying about me to the captain. Flight attendants are great on the whole (we don’t give them enough credit), but there are bad apples.
No Gary, I don’t believe we need to stop taking photos of flight attendants. We just need to do so responsibly and more importantly, to treat them (and everyone) with the respect they deserve.
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