What started as a photo of an airplane seat may have cost Matthew Klint his flight after airline staff with United Airlines booted him from the plane.

Klint, a freelance travel writer, was flying business class to Istanbul from Newark, N.J., on Valentine's Day when he snapped a photo of the plane's Continental BusinessFirst seat with his iPhone. According to Klint, the photo was going to be part of a review on his travel website, UPGRD. Klint's actions attracted a flight attendant who promptly asked him to turn off his camera because no photography of the cabin is allowed as per United's “Onboard Photo and Video” guidelines.

Klint says he was compliant and put his iPhone away, while the flight attendant went off to tell another passenger to stop taking photos of the cabin. But according to a post on his website documenting the incident, Klint also felt the urge to explain his actions to the attendant:

"I want you to understand why I was taking pictures. I hope you didn't think I was a terrorist. Here is my business card [offering her one]. I write about United Airlines on an almost-daily basis and the folks at United in Chicago are even aware of my blog."

Things got heated moments later when a Global Service rep asked Klint to get off the plane at the pilot's request. After a confrontational conversation with the pilot, Klint alleged the flight attendant had lied and left the plane for another connecting flight, notes PetaPixel. Similar stories of Klint's confrontation with staff have popped up on travel blogs, like Just Another Points Traveler. The blog's author, Angelina Aucello, wrote that she was shocked to hear taking photos on board a plane was "illegal," adding she's had flight attendants volunteer to take photos of her while on a plane.

When it comes to on-board photography, the rules and enforcement of them fall into the hands of airlines and their attendants, according to the Association of Flight Attendants–CWA, a flight attendants union, leaving many travellers confused as to whether or not taking pictures on a plane is illegal.

United Airlines said that they're aware of Klint's post documenting the incident and have since reached out to him to fully understand what happened on board the plane. In an interview with NBC, Rahsaan Johnson, a rep with United Airlines, said the restriction, which has been in place since 2010, is mostly in place to protect those on board the plane.

“For reasons of service and security, our crews may need to restrict photography on board, particularly when customers are taking photos of other customers or crew members without consent,” he said.

When it comes to photography within an airport, the TSA's official blog says answers vary from airport to airport, but in general, photographers are allowed to take shots of security checkpoints and screening areas so long as it does not interfere with their work. The agency suggests calling a specific airport ahead of time to find out.

Also on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • The North Atlantic

  • Over The Bosphorus

  • Descending Into Vail

  • Eating Up Frankfurt

  • Over Greenland

  • Cannes On The Big Screen

  • Washington Dull Isn't

  • Above The Alps

  • Welcome To Paris

  • Istanbul From The Sky

  • Winter Reconnaissance #25

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Atomische"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Atomische">Atomische</a>:<br />Wisconsin http://www.atomische.com/series/WinterRecon

  • Heading home!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/skovachsc"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/skovachsc">skovachsc</a>:<br />I fly over 50,000 per year so I see a lot of sunsets as I'm heading home to Seattle.

  • Flying out of San Diego north toward San Jose

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Whydah1717"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Whydah1717">Whydah1717</a>:<br />Flying out of San Diego, north to San Jose. March 2011.

  • Mississippi River near St. Louis

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Whydah1717"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Whydah1717">Whydah1717</a>:<br />Flying over the Mississippi River enroute to St. Louis. Coming from the east.

  • head in the clouds

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/schlegeldiane"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1188728323/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/schlegeldiane">schlegeldiane</a>:<br />

  • mile high club

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/schlegeldiane"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1188728323/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/schlegeldiane">schlegeldiane</a>:<br />

  • Ice cap crater

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jamie_Siegel"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/649038720/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jamie_Siegel">Jamie Siegel</a>:<br />Enormous ice cap crater near the arctic circle over North America.

  • Cancun

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/pegni"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/pegni">pegni</a>:<br />Turquoise waters!

  • Hitting Chicago

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/shaug65"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/aol_profile_img/2908095.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/shaug65">shaug65</a>:<br />Hitting Chicago

  • Golden Gate

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jbennecke"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jbennecke">jbennecke</a>:<br />

  • Pacific Northwest Sunrise

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram">atingram</a>:<br />Early morning departure from Portland, Ore. (PDX)

  • Midwest Storm

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram">atingram</a>:<br />Flying around a thunder boomer!

  • Grand Canyon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram">atingram</a>:<br />Westward Bound Looking Down

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram">atingram</a>:<br />Catalina Island in the Background

  • Hotlanta Sunset

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/atingram">atingram</a>:<br />103-degree August Departure from ATL

  • marsh mellows

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/therealCGB"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3141915.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/therealCGB">therealCGB</a>:<br />Chicago by air

  • central valley, ca

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wendyc"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/wendyc">wendyc</a>:<br />the great sierra nevada

  • Marsh Mellow in the sky

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/therealCGB"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3141915.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/therealCGB">therealCGB</a>:<br />Marsh Mellow in the sky

  • The Andes from LAN Perú

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/knippd"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/knippd">knippd</a>:<br />The Andes from LAN Perú - Arequipa to Cusco

  • Somewhere west of the Rockies

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Waters"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/598526089/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Waters">Robert Waters</a>:<br />From a San Diego to Newark flight, window seat. Somewhere in the American southwest.

  • Antelope Island

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bored99"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bored99">bored99</a>:<br />I was in awe as I looked out the window and saw this--I couldn't believe that no one else seemed to be giving it a second glance

  • Craters?

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Phil_Cassidy"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1237620290/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Phil_Cassidy">Phil Cassidy</a>:<br />Flight to the moon—I mean Belize!

  • Maui Hawaii

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bigdawg55"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bigdawg55">bigdawg55</a>:<br />

  • Hawaii

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bigdawg55"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/bigdawg55">bigdawg55</a>:<br />Big Island

  • Northern Ireland

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jaz_Mac"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/3142122.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jaz_Mac">Jaz Mac</a>:<br />County Down, and the community of Downpatrick

  • California, here I come...

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jaz_Mac"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/3142122.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Jaz_Mac">Jaz Mac</a>:<br />Open up your Golden Gate!

  • Sunrise over Mt. Rainier

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Stephanie_Kuwasaki"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/661758390/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Stephanie_Kuwasaki">Stephanie Kuwasaki</a>:<br />On our way to Africa on a 7am flight out of Seattle, Mt. Rainier waved goodbye!

  • Leaving Nantucket in April

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sachem515"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/82396-tiny.png?20091022152905" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sachem515">Sachem515</a>:<br />Shimmo and Coatue from the Copilot's seat of a Cessna 402 (600 ft)

  • Salty!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dave_Wade-Stein"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/516276142/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Dave_Wade-Stein">Dave Wade-Stein</a>:<br />Flying into Salt Lake City

  • 2011 Arizona Wildfires

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/groovicool"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/groovicool">groovicool</a>:<br />This photo was taken June 11, 2011

  • 2011 Arizona Wildfires

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/groovicool"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/groovicool">groovicool</a>:<br />This photo was taken while flying into Arizona June 11, 2011.

  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/melisabuigues"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3142733.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/melisabuigues">melisabuigues</a>:<br />

  • Greenland

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Melusky"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000682194640/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Melusky">Robert Melusky</a>:<br />Rare flight path way up North from London to New York

  • Atoll in Pohnpei State

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Melusky"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000682194640/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Melusky">Robert Melusky</a>:<br />Somewhere in Micronesia taken from the Island Hopper

  • Island in Truk Lagoon

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Melusky"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100000682194640/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Robert_Melusky">Robert Melusky</a>:<br />Truk Lagoon ( now Chuuk in Micronesia) was the loaction of one of the most fearsome battles in WWII, Operation Hailstorm.

  • Shapes

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/groovicool"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/groovicool">groovicool</a>:<br />Geometry lesson while flying over Arizona...

  • Mt. Hood

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pat_Mumford"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Pat_Mumford">Pat Mumford</a>:<br />Flying in to Portland, OR. Hello Mt. Hood.

  • Mt Rainier a.k.a. Mt Tahoma

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/joan_d"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/2804723.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/joan_d">joan d</a>:<br />out of seattle flying over mt rainier

  • Puerto Rico

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/IAMAFLATA"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/2400394.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/IAMAFLATA">IAMAFLATA</a>:<br />

  • Sunrise Above the Clouds

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Topher2882"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/554211451/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Topher2882">Topher2882</a>:<br />Morning sunrise after breaking through the clouds above Denver.

  • Sierra Nevadas

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Amber_Tidwell"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/505562996/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Amber_Tidwell">Amber Tidwell</a>:<br />I took this on a flight from Fresno to Dallas