Recently, NPR featured an article about a woman that was kicked off an American Airlines flight for singing a Whitney Houston song, but there was something else that caught the attention of at least one of their writers. During the video, crew members can be repeatedly heard telling people they aren't allowed to film or photograph onboard the plane.
American Airlines official statement is, "The use of still and video cameras, film or digital, is permitted only for recording of personal events. Unauthorized photography or video recording of airline personnel, other customers, aircraft equipment or procedures is strictly prohibited." So as you can see, there's a fair amount of 'gray area' in a rule like this.
NPR goes on to mention that it isn't the first time something like this has happened. Recently, a travel blogger was kicked off a United Airlines flight for 'taking a single picture with an iPhone.'
It seems to me like the airlines are trying to cover their backsides from unflattering media under the guise of "potential threats." If you want to deal in a business that relies heavily on leisure and travel, you're going to have to accept the occasional picture or video. Then again, you could always ask Beyonce's publicist how that whole 'censorship of images' thing is working out.
What do you think?