Photography: AA’s ban on photography will now extend to filming employees at/in “any airline area” including ticket counters, gates, cargo, baggage, (and of course on-board) effective Dec 3rd,
Guns: Changes to minimum age to check to 21, and, now unlimited guns per case. Airsoft and BB guns considered guns now. Plus unspecified update(s) to firearms checking on international flights.
Bassinets: some changes to bassinet policy/locations
Non-Hub connections: unaccompanied minors and checked pets will not be allowed on non-hub connections.
I did not know American banned onboard photography and taking pictures at ticket counters and gates.
Here’s the new photography policy:
Of course I rarely document my domestic travels, which is most of my American Airlines flying. And they actively encouraged photos when I first flew their new business class product. I guess I had the permission of Corporate Communications and didn’t technically know it, or at least going forward I will need to ask.
Here’s what strikes me most: Prohibiting photography was actually a priority for someone to spend time on rather than integrating the schedules and operations of two airlines.
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[…] American Airlines claims it can ban photos of its staff at the airport. I get that federal law requires passengers to obey staff while on board the plane, but what authority could there be for this on the ground? Is it contractual? If so, why is it enforceable? Does it violate a public policy? […]