When I was boarding a jet couple of years ago, I asked the pilot sitting in the cockpit if I could take a couple of pictures. He turned my way, smiled and told me to shoot away.

Here is U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) official policy regarding photography and filming. Of course, individual airports might have different policies. Why not just check with the police when you get to the airport to see if there will be any problems?

TSA does not prohibit the public, passengers or press from photographing, videotaping or filming at security checkpoints, as long as the screening process is not interfered with or slowed down. We do ask you to not film or take pictures of the monitors. While the TSA does not prohibit photographs at screening locations, local laws, state statutes, or local ordinances might.

Taking photographs may also prompt airport police or a TSA official to ask what your purpose is. It is recommended that you use the Talk To TSA program on tsa.gov to contact the Customer Support Manager at the airport to determine its specific policy. Or, if you are a member of the press, you should contact the TSA Office of Public Affairs.
Latest revision: 12 March 2014