Plane spotting can be a very fulfilling hobby, but it can also be an incredibly risky one. Many people have been arrested for plane spotting after their actions were confused for terrorist-related activity. One group of British plane spotters in Greece were told their actions could have threatened the country’s security and were accused of acting suspiciously at various air bases. The group were accused of collecting secret information which could have been used to assist Greece’s opponents. Plane spotters have generally faced bigger punishments and been treated with more suspicious since the twin towers were attacked on September 11th, 2001.
Dangers of plane spotting – Risk of arrest
The Greece case wasn’t the only high-profile case involving plane spotting and Brits since the turn of the century. In 2015, three British plane spotters who had been held in the United Arab Emirates after being accused of espionage were released without charge. The trio was detained in February 2015 after they were spotted taking notes near Fujairah airport. The charges were dropped at Abu Dhabi’s supreme court. Plane spotting has a lot of passionate fans, though the reception they receive from airport staff and the authorities can be mixed, to say the least.
If you’ve come to harm on a plane and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to take legal action. Though the vast majority of flights occur without a hitch and safety and security checks are arguably more vigilant than they have ever been, accidents can still occur. At Accident Advice Helpline, we have been in the personal injury claims business since 2000 and have worked on a whole host of flight-related cases since our inception. You have nothing to lose by getting in touch to make an enquiry, so don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about what to do next if you were injured on a plane and it wasn’t your fault.
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Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice