The National Press Photographers Association has come out in support of photographer Steven Sunshine, a New York Daily News contributing photographer, who was taking photos of blizzard-induced flight delays at JFK airport in December. JetBlue security personnel told Sunshine he should have requested clearance three days earlier, despite the fact that the Sunday storm’s severity was not known until the day before. Sunshine was escorted out of the terminal and, when he filed a complaint with the Port Authority Police, which oversees the airport, they threatened to pull his credentials.
“For you to have singled out Mr. Sunshine, who identified himself as a credentialed press photographer is an insult to our profession and members, who are also part of the flying public. While I appreciate your concerns for the safety of your patrons and employees I would hope that you can understand that photography/videography by itself is not a dangerous or pernicious activity.”
Source: NPPA Advocacy Committee