Old Camera Sets Off Alarms

Photo of a Yashica 24 film camera Yashica 24. Could my old Yashica camera cause problems when flying?
Could my old Yashica camera cause problems when flying?

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

How’d you like to be taken off an airplane and roughly searched by law enforcement because you had an old camera? According to the New York Daily News and the Washington Post, that happened to a man earlier this month at LaGuardia Airport in New York. The passenger sitting next to him thought he had a bomb. Instead, he had a vintage camera (possibly a Rolleiflex). The other passenger saw him looking at images and videos of old cameras on his phone and, when he pulled out the camera and started adjusting the knobs, she thought he might be activating a bomb. She alerted the flight crew. The plane was diverted to LaGuardia for an emergency landing. Passengers were evacuated and the man was detained for several hours by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, FBI and Port Authority Police.

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