British Airways considers aerial photography dangerous?

Well, this is just shockingly unfathomable. While flying home from India, Josh Simons wanted to take a few landscape photos at 35,000+ feet. After snapping only a few pictures, a flight attendent closed his window shade and informed him that aerial photography is not allowed on British Airways flights for security reasons. WTF?

On my recent trip back from India on Britis h Airways, I was inspired by Julieanne Kost’s recent book, Window Seat (not to be confused with another book of the same title by Dicum) to snap some landscape photos at 35000 feet. I think we were over Iran at the time. After taking several shots, imagine my surprise when one of the BA attendants closed the window shade and informed me that it was against British Airways policy for passengers to take such photos for security reasons. I thought she was kidding, but the head attendant confirmed what I had been told. And that it had nothing to do with where we were flying.

One commenter on the article says his checks with other employees of British Airways indicate this aerial photography ban is not company policy, but could not account for Josh’s experience.

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