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Plane enthusiasts allege harassment in Connecticut

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By PAT EATON-ROBB
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A group of aviation enthusiasts says it has been harassed by Connecticut airport officials for taking part in a well-established hobby that includes photographing planes and recording tail numbers.

Group spokesman Dennis Michaud, of Wethersfield, says the plane spotters went to the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut to complain about repeatedly being thrown off Bradley International Airport property and told by police their activity is illegal.

Kevin Dillon, the executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, says the hobbyists can photograph in any public area of the airport, but not in restricted areas because of liability and safety concerns.

Trooper Kelly Grant, a Connecticut State Police spokeswoman, says they have asked the spotters to move when they receive calls from citizens reporting suspicious activity along the airport's fence line.

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