Airport Watch Now in Effect

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot3/26/2014
flying airplane

For years now, amateur photographers have been gathering at airport perimeters to take pictures of incoming and outgoing planes. Recently, Miami International Airport has decided to tap into these enthusiasts and solicit their help with security. A new program, Miami Airport Watch, asks pre-screened volunteer photographers to put their hobby to work, serving a greater cause. These volunteers keep their cameras poised to record any and all unusual or suspicious activities witnessed.

The group has already noticed a few incidents that are out of the ordinary, one being a man in a nearby parking lot in full costume dressed like Rambo. While it was ultimately determined by police that the man was attending a nearby comic book convention, airport security was alerted to a possible threat.

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Defamation When Reporting Suspicious Behavior

by Anita Setnor Byer, Founder - sci-Shot2/19/2014
frustrated business man

The Supreme Court recently gave airline employees ‘breathing space’ to report potential threats to security officials without fear of civil liability for a few inaptly chosen words. According to the Court, airline employees reporting suspicious behavior “should not face financial ruin if, in the heat of a potential threat, they fail to choose their words with exacting care.”

In reversing a pilot’s $1.2 million defamation verdict, the Court sought to encourage employees to report suspicious activities in a manner that is consistent with the Transportation Security Administration’s ‘when in doubt, report’ policy.

sci-Shot agrees that the public should not hesitate to provide potentially valuable information about threatening or suspicious behavior to those who may need it. This is why we have taken steps to protect sci-Shot users who share their pictures and video of seemingly hazardous, harmful, or illegal incidents.

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