Qantas has revised its Conditions of Transport to prohibit taking pictures or filming other people while they are on flights without getting their consent.
On November 8, 2023, Qantas amended section 12 of its Conditions of Carriage to include a new clause. This is the part where “Conduct During Flight” is discussed.
Section 12.1 says, “When on board, you must comply with all other reasonable directions of any crew member on your flight with us, to maximize Passenger comfort, safety, and security.” In addition to telling travelers to stay seated during turbulence, wear seatbelts, and refrain from smoking, it also instructs passengers—as of last month—to “seek consent before filming or photographing Qantas Group staff, contractors, or other customers.”
Other airlines, like Lufthansa, have also banned the filming of other passengers, so this action is in line with their policies.Virgin Australia has been granted the authority to determine whether or not passengers are permitted to film on their aircraft through a ruling.
Similar limitations on photography and filming have been implemented by United, Delta, and Southwest Airlines in the United States. However, American Airlines emphasises that “the use of still and video cameras, digital or film, is permitted only for recording of personal events.”