Photographer Harassed by JetBlue at JFK- NPPA Responds

December 27th, 2010 by Alicia Calzada and tagged , , , , ,

The NPPA has written a letter of protest to JetBlue Airlines after security guards from the airline interfered with photojournalist Steven Sunshine, who was taking pictures at JFK Airport while covering the story of hundreds of flight delays resulting from a blizzard in the Northeast. The airline insisted that the journalist should have obtained permission to enter the terminal three days in advance, even though the seriousness of the storm was not known until Saturday.

Mickey Osterriecher, general counsel for the NPPA wrote, “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.”

NPPA is also following up with the New York Port Authority which allegedly threatened to pull Mr. Sunshine’s credentials after he attempted to file a complaint.

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