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Old 06-25-2014, 12:33 AM   #31
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No phones or cameras in customs is common around the world. Last month we saw 5 people lose their cell phones in Australia and at LAX they did take someone's camera when they didn't stop taking pictures.
That's been my experience as well. For example, on our second trip to the Cook Islands, I took photos of a cute sniffer dog in the security area. I was told to either delete the photos or they would confiscate my camera. Lesson learned.

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Old 06-25-2014, 12:41 AM   #32
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Wow, not a warm and fuzzy Dis response. I am very familiar due to my occupation with security rules.
Really? Do you repeatedly violate the security rules at work because you don't think they're that big a deal, or you think they don't apply to you, or whatever?

Honestly I'm not sure what you were looking for by starting this thread. You said that you repeatedly violated the no-photo rules and were repeatedly corrected not to do so. And asked what other peoples' experience was, which it sounds like (for those who either didn't see the signs or chose to disregard them) was exactly the same as yours. To come back and get mad because people didn't pat you on the head and tell you everything is okay seems pretty silly.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:55 AM   #33
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Really? Do you repeatedly violate the security rules at work because you don't think they're that big a deal, or you think they don't apply to you, or whatever?

Honestly I'm not sure what you were looking for by starting this thread. You said that you repeatedly violated the no-photo rules and were repeatedly corrected not to do so. And asked what other peoples' experience was, which it sounds like (for those who either didn't see the signs or chose to disregard them) was exactly the same as yours. To come back and get mad because people didn't pat you on the head and tell you everything is okay seems pretty silly.
I'm pretty sure the OP was wondering more about the gangplank area, where it has generally been okay to take pictures. I know I have pictures that I took the whole way going up from Mickey's head right through to the atrium of the ship, and as others have said, I wasn't trying to hide the camera. Possibly the OP has cruised from a port other than Port Canaveral, and the rules were different there?

As to the customs and security areas, I am a little surprised that anyone would not realize that you are not supposed to take pictures there. The signs are large, clear and easy to see.
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How on earth are they going to know that you are filming when you are wearing Google Glass? Not like they have a big sign on the glasses saying that I am filming.

The no filming policy seems ridiculous since they are easy ways to discretely film now days.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:34 AM   #35
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I work at a port facility. It's Homeland Security guidelines that are enforced by Customs and Border Protection. All of this started after 9/11 and truthfully it's for your own safety and protection, as you never know who is taking pictures of the "secure areas" and what they may be attempting to do (looking for flaws that can be compromised). It would be nice if they would explain that rather than being rude, but......................
It is NOT my intention to disagree, but we disembarked on 9/9/01 from the Wonder and I was told to put my camera away. : goodvibes:
As a matter of fact, disembarking last month the overriding feeling I had going into customs was not "boo-the trip is over"; it was "I am not going to get in trouble this time."
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:36 AM   #36
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Separate from that, there's the "customs hall" rule. This far predates 9/11, and includes the immigration, baggage claim, and customs check areas of international ports of entry (including land borders, cruise terminals, and airports). Photography has been prohibited in these areas for decades, and it's more or less a universal rule anywhere in the world. The US also enforces a "no cellphone" rule that prohibits talking, texting, or any other form of electronic communication while in the customs hall. And, unlike the private port security or even the TSA, the CBP officers in the customs hall are actual police officers, and they definitely have the authority to confiscate your equipment (or arrest you) if you don't comply.

I think why it's often an issue with cruisers is that so many of them have little to no international travel experience, other than cruises. Just look at how many threads there are about people going on cruises without a passport - for the most part, these people have zero international travel experience. Anyone that has traveled internationally by air is likely to recognize the customs hall for what it is, and know about the "no photography" rule.
I think you hit the nail on the head. Anyone with experience flying internationally looks at airports/customs/etc in a whole new light. In ATL, I'm simply irritated by the TSA employees who can't keep a line moving to save their lives. In Madrid, the third degree we got while standing in line just to check in for our flight was pretty darned intimidating. Luggage sniffing dogs with armed handlers coming back from Cuba (and often from London these days according to DH). Nothing warm and fuzzy about flying in and out of Prague. Etc., etc.

At no point in any of those places did it occur to me that having a camera or a cell phone out would be a good idea.
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WOW Iceman93 ~ I don't usually post stuff like this, but back off, you are really being rude. The name Iceman fits!!
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