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How to take photos for jetsetters

Airports can be busy places, but there is a lot that you can see and capture with your camera if you have some downtime before your flight. From the check-in area to the observation deck, there are several locations in an airport you can explore to take great photos. Sharing these photos on Google Maps can help others know more about the airport before they visit.


Here are a few tips for taking great photos the next time you find yourself flying to your next adventure.


1. Know the rules

Chubu Centrair International Airport-Eric Tse-1200.JPGCaption: A photo of airplanes and jet bridges at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname, Japan. (Local Guides Eric Tse)Before you start taking photos at the airport, familiarize yourself with the airport’s rules. At most airports around the world, it’s prohibited to take photos in or near the security screening areas, security monitors, or of airline or security employees. You should also avoid taking photos of other passengers where they can be easily recognized.


2. Showcase the architecture and design

Marrakesh Menara-Shi Lam-1200.jpgCaption: An interior photo of the entrance and wall of windows at Marrakech Menara Airport in Marrakech, Morocco. (Local Guide Chi Lam)

Look around the airport to see what architecture and design elements set it apart from others. Sometimes there are unique building elements or art installations that can be fun to capture. If there is an interesting ceiling, wall, or walkway, try photographing wide to show the subject matter within the environment of the airport. This can also help others understand the size of the airport’s interior space.


Indira-Gandhi-International-Airport-Delhi-India-Miros-Siemieniuk-1200.jpgCaption: A photo of the bronze sculpture of the head of Surya in the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India. (Local Guide Miros Siemieniuk)

3. Explore the shopping area and food court

heathrow-airport-1200.jpgCaption: A photo of a plate of sushi and a bowl of vegetables on a counter, next to a conveyor belt of covered plates of food at Yo! Sushi at Heathrow Airport in London, UK. (Local Guide Amol Sinha)

If you’re going to have downtime at an airport, it’s good to know what you can do (and eat!) while you wait to board your flight. Show others the shops and food vendors available to them while they wait for their flight. If there is a row of shops, take a wide view to capture the variety of stores.


4. Photograph the observation area

Grove-Ayers-Detroit-Metropolitan-Wayne-County-Airport-1000.jpgCaption: An interior photo of a wall of windows and plants at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Sumpter Township, MI, with a view of the traffic control tower and outside of the airport. (Local Guide Grove Ayers)

At many airports, you are permitted to take photos from an observation area or a large window with a view of the jet bridges and plane activity. These are areas where people can enjoy watching planes land and depart. You can typically photograph through the glass, and capture the outside view with the activity on the tarmac. If there are people walking by, try to shoot wide and juxtapose the large size of the viewing window with the size of people or objects in the frame.


5. Capture accessibility information

GettyImages-911314316.jpgCaption: A photo of an accessible priority seating area in an airport. (Getty Images)

Another way to take great photos for jetsetters is to look out for the helpful accessibility information that can be found at check-in, elevators, bathrooms, and gate seating areas. Share these photos on Maps to help those who could benefit from these features.


What are the best airports you’ve visited? Share your photos and stories in the comments below and on Google Maps.

Connect Moderator
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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

San Francisco International Airport have a lot of beautiful paint, @Christina-NYC, I am sure you already know this.

The airport is Full Accessible, with a system of lifters and internal transpostation that can be used by people with disability


 IMG_20181027_185304.jpgCaption: accessible bathroom at SFA - Local Guide @ermest

 IMG_20181027_185254.jpgWeelchairs available at SFA - Local Guide @ermest




Irfansalamat Level 10
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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

Hi, @Christina-NYC

Thank you for sharing these informative tips for taking photos at the airport this is surely important and to be avoid from security risk.   

Nick-ATH Level 7
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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

Since i enjoy every sec in airports this is a sweet spot for a post @Christina-NYC @ermest.

I had a great experience working at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos LGAV .

Thank you.

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Ziameer Level 8
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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

Thank you @Christina-NYC for sharing this.

uditmehra319 Level 6
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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

@Christina-NYC thanks for sharing this information

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YasumiKikuchi Level 10
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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

Thank you for your how to @Christina-NYC

As you say, the airport needs security considerations. On the other hand, Because the entrants first visit, the building with the highest peak art in the area is adopted. Therefore it is a suitable subject for photography.




I got drunk in the atmosphere of Portland airport security area🛫. The image of Portland which is flashy and famous, but light entering from the mesh-like glass changed all colors to hard and sharp blue. I was able to cool down my heart that was getting hot in Portland. Besides, there was a strolling guitarist in the security area! After all it was Portland airport😮.


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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

Good clicks

AbdullahAM Level 9
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Re: How to take photos for jetsetters

Hello @Christina-NYC

Thank you for sharing with us.


IMG_20181107_121701.jpgA Photo inside the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, India


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