An American Airlines flight was forced to make an abrupt landing after a passenger wouldn’t stop singing Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You at the top of her lungs.
The plane, which departed from Los Angeles and was on its way to New York City, ended up landing in Kansas City where police entered the plane and removed the woman in handcuffs, who still wouldn’t stop singing as she was escorted down the aisle.
Naturally, several passengers began video recording the out-of-tune spectacle.
And that was when several flight attendants began barking, “no photos.”
So what exactly is American Airline’s photo policy?
According to American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller, passengers are not allowed to document other passengers or flight attendants unless they approve.
“It’s only allowed for personal events, something you’re documenting from your own experience,” he said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Monday.
“Unauthorized photography of employees, customers and airline equipment is not allowed.”
Miller emailed me the official policy, which is included in in-flight magazines.
The use of still and video cameras, film or digital, is permitted only for recording of personal events. Unauthorized photography or video recording of airline personnel, other customers, aircraft equipment or procedures is strictly prohibited.
He said the policy was implemented within the last ten years.
We’ve seen instances on other airlines where passengers have gotten kicked off airlines and even threatened with arrest for refusing to delete videos or photos, but Miller said there was no official policy on how to deal with passengers who insist on using their camera.
“It’s all up to the discretion of the flight attendant,” he said, adding that most passengers comply when ordered to turn off their cameras.
But even if they do have the right to order you to turn off your camera, they don’t have the right to force you to delete your footage. Not even police officers can do that.
So if you find yourself wanting to record a newsworthy event or even a rude flight attendant, then take your chances. Because no matter what they end up doing to you, your footage should not be affected.