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Gatwick plane-spotters: We are not terrorists

The Argus: Gatwick plane-spotters: We are not terrorists Gatwick plane-spotters: We are not terrorists

Plane-spotters have taken to social media to tell Sussex Police: “We are not terrorists”.

Now the force has asked aviation lovers to get on-board and help officers' spot real potential terrorists.

They have produced a card so plane-spotters can flash it to prove they are at the airport to do nothing more sinister than spot planes.

Sussex Police said they actually valued the jet enthusiasts because they were part of the “eyes and ears of the police and airport community”.

Writing on Twitter, two plane-spotters shared their experiences of being moved on by Sussex Police at Gatwick.

One man said: “I keep going to the end of RWY8 and anti-terror police keep moving me on.”

A second aircraft fan added: “That happened with me on Saturday.

“But I've ordered a card with Sussex Police that says I'm an aviation spotter so I don't get moved on.”

 

Chief Inspector Andy Kundert told The Argus: "Sussex Police works closely with aviation enthusiasts at Gatwick as their presence around the perimeter of the airport provides us with valuable additional eyes and ears in our security operation.

"People watching aircraft are discouraged from using certain areas and we will not tolerate any attempts to improve views such as by placing ladders close to the perimeter or similar activities.

“At times, people will be asked to move on.

"In conjunction with the Gatwick Aviation Society and The Original Gatwick Spotters News Group on Google, we have set up an Aviation Enthusiasts Photo ID Card Scheme, similar to those at some other airports, to promote a closer working relationship with enthusiasts.

“It does not give any additional rights over any other member of the public, but shows police and security staff the holder's willingness to assist in looking out for criminal or terrorist behaviour.”

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4:47am Tue 25 Mar 14

Dave At Home says...

First of all, these cards have been around for about 4 years now and are a great way to interact with staff and police because as they say, you become another pair of eyes and will notice something suspicious before Joe Public will notice it.

Secondly there are 2 other (good) vantage points to spot planes in addition to the start of 26L, but the avid spotters will know them, 08R is never a good place to spot aircraft.

And thirdly, the photograph above is of (runway) 09R (the black one) at HEATHROW airport, nowhere near GATWICK airport, in fact over 45 miles away.... Sorry Anna.
First of all, these cards have been around for about 4 years now and are a great way to interact with staff and police because as they say, you become another pair of eyes and will notice something suspicious before Joe Public will notice it. Secondly there are 2 other (good) vantage points to spot planes in addition to the start of 26L, but the avid spotters will know them, 08R is never a good place to spot aircraft. And thirdly, the photograph above is of (runway) 09R (the black one) at HEATHROW airport, nowhere near GATWICK airport, in fact over 45 miles away.... Sorry Anna. Dave At Home
  • Score: 15

9:36am Tue 25 Mar 14

worthingite says...

WILL NEVER EVER FORGET CHRISTMAS 2013, Second runway lol

On another note, did the drone move them on?
WILL NEVER EVER FORGET CHRISTMAS 2013, Second runway lol On another note, did the drone move them on? worthingite
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