Qantas has cracked down on passengers filming or taking photos during a flight, with the airline banning any recording of individuals without their express consent.
There has been a growing trend on social media platforms such as TikTok and YouTube with individuals filming themselves, other passengers, and those working on the plane for content.
There have also been numerous examples of individuals filming incidents on planes, including fights between passengers and crew members.
Many of these events have now been banned by Qantas under its Conditions of Carriage, which all passengers must agree to as a condition of travel.
Last month Qantas added three directions that passengers must comply with under these Conditions of Carriage, including to “seek consent before filming or photography of Qantas Group staff, contractors or other customers”.
“To maximise passenger comfort, safety and security, you must comply with the following requirements, and all other reasonable directions of any crew member on your flight with us, when on board,” the section says.
The other new conditions require flyers to “use electronic devices when and as directed and in the case of any failure to comply with the directions” Qantas may retain the device, and to comply with any reasonable directions issued by the flight crew.
A spokesperson for Qantas told Daily Mail that people on flights are still able to film themselves and out of the plane window.
“We know that lots of customers want to film and photograph their journey and our policy is designed to make sure they can do that safely and respectfully,” the spokesperson said.
“It doesn’t prevent customers from taking photos or videos of themselves, their family or friends, or out of the window.”
Most other airlines do not expressly prohibit filming in this way.
Virgin Australia restricts the “use of cameras or photographic devices for personal use only”, and outlines that customers must comply with an order by flight staff to not use these devices at any time.
German airline Lufthansa also expressly prohibits filming, only allowing it when the rights of people being photographed can be safeguarded and ensured.
Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia federal secretary Teri O’Toole told The Australian that the Qantas ban is well overdue.
“We welcome the fact that if you want to film out the window, that’s great, but just don’t film the crew themselves without their permission,” O’Toole said.
“We have some crew that are upskirted, there’s some horrible things that happen on an aircraft now and they need protection, it’s a workplace and they shouldn’t go to work concerned about someone taking photos and making fun of them.
“I get that some people want to blog, and you can do all of that without photographing the crew.”
A requirement to seek consent before filming someone will likely outlaw the capturing of incidents on planes, such as arguments between passengers and with flight crew.
An Australian on Reddit recently described being on a plane with a Youtuber regularly filming passengers without their consent.
The video was in the style of being a flight attendant for a day, but the passengers were not informed of this or that they would be filmed.
Commenters on the Australian Frequent Flyer website welcomed the move.
“It really bugs me how many people film everything lately, especially other people’s misfortune,” one commenter said.
“Just so they can be first to post it on their preferred social media platform. There seems to be an increasingly large demographic that are interested only in filming and posting rather than helping the person having a bad day.
“Or filming the drama unfolding next to them instead of intervening.”