You could be thrown off your flight if you film or take photos inside a plane

But travellers may not be aware that certain airlines have policies about filming other passengers, which could get you thrown off a flight if you breach them.

Frequent flyer and blogger Matthew Klint was famously kicked off a United Airlines flight in 2013 after taking photos of his seat.

The airline said at the time: "We have spoken with Mr. Klint about his experience.

"Separately, we welcome customers to record their personal experiences on board provided they don't take photos or videos of customers and crew members without their consent.

"This is both a security and service measure we take that also respects the privacy of other customers. United's policy was implemented in 2010."

The policies are primarily found on American airlines – but with an increasing number of trans-Atlantic flights operated via code-share agreements, Brits may well be affected too.

Airlines including American Airlines, Delta, and United – which all fly to the UK – all have policies on filming and photography on board.

The specific policies aren't always well publicised, with some only appearing in the back pages of in-flight magazines.

In most cases, the airlines allow passengers to film and take photos for personal reasons, like holiday snaps of your family – but some go a step further.

What's more, what happens when you breach these policies is generally at the discretion of the flight attendant.

United Airlines

United Airlines flies directly to the UK from several US destinations.

In its in-flight magazine, the airline said: "The use of small cameras or mobile devices for photography and video is permitted on board, provided that the purpose is capturing personal events.

"Any photographing or recording of other customers or airline personnel that creates a safety or security risk, or that interferes with crew members’ duties, is prohibited."

American Airlines

American Airlines has a code-share agreement with British Airways so some of its flights are operated by BA and vice versa.

In its in-flight magazine, American Airlines said: "The use of still and video cameras, film or digital, is permitted only for recording of personal events.

"Two-way pagers, radios, TV sets, remote controls, commercial TV cameras, smartphone projectors and personal humidifiers may not be used at any time during a flight.

"Please refrain from using any voice or audio recording or transmission while on an American aircraft.

"Unauthorized photography or video recording of airline personnel, other customers, aircraft equipment or procedures is prohibited."

A spokesperson for British Airways confirmed with Sun Online Travel that BA doesn't have a similar photography policy.


Delta has a code-share agreement with Virgin Atlantic, which means that occasionally, flights booked through Virgin could in fact be operated by Delta.

In Delta's in-flight magazine, the airline states: "You may use small cameras/mobile devices to take pictures on your flight. Always get consent from other passengers and crew members before including them."

Virgin's own in-flight magazine does carry warnings of this policy and Sun Online Travel has contacted the airline for clarification.

Passengers frequently document each other's bizarre behaviour on flights, sparking the popularity of Instagram accounts such as Passenger Shaming.

And it's not just how they behave that might be documented – it could also be how they're dressed.

But such footage and videos can also be used to document shocking behaviour from staff.

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