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Steven Frischling, aka: Fish, is globe hopping professional photographer, airline emerging media consultant working with large global airlines and founder of The Travel Strategist. Fish has racked up more than 1,000,000 miles since he started to track his mileage in 2005.

Fish's travel tends to be less than leisurely, including flying from New York to Basrah, Iraq, for six hours; Hong Kong for eight hours, Kuwait City for two hours and traveling around the world in 3.5 days to shoot a series of photo assignments in 4 cities and 4 countries on 3 separate continents.

Fish grew up at the end of New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L, which probably explains his enjoyment of watching planes, fly overhead. When not shooting photos or traveling Fish designs camera bags, hones is expertise on airline security and spends his time at home cheering for the Red Sox with his 3 kids 102 yards from the ocean.

LAX Does Not Want To Buy A Flower From The Hare Krishnas

Last week the California Supreme Court handed down an interesting ruling, one that expressly allowed Los Angeles International Airport, more commonly known as LAX, to ban the Hare Krishnas from their airport.

Hare Krishnas are well known at many airports. If you fly domestically into LAX you may not see the Hare Krishnas very often, however they are frequently found in the arrivals area of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, usually preying on arriving international passengers.

If you don’t the Hare Krishnas, they are known for wearing bright saris, having shaved heads with pony tails and walking through airports playing a drum asking passengers for money and selling orange flowers.   As entertaining as watching the Hare Krishnas may be, if they are not approaching you, they are a cult and if you’ve just arrived at LAX from a long flight they happen to be an annoying cult.

The ruling by the California Supreme Court states that Hare Krishnas, and 15 other organizations that regularly solicit money at LAX are not protected by Free Speech, in fact they are violating pan-handling (begging) ordinances at LAX.

The Hare Krishnas could move to have this ban over turned by seeking an appeal by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, however the United State Supreme Court has already upheld a ban on soliciting in transit facilities in New York, so its unlikely this ruling would be overturned.

On a lighter moment, one of my favourite scenes from the classic movie Airplane! pokes fun at the Hare Krishnas and other cult organizations that beg for money in the airport.  Below is a clip of a scene from Airplane!

Happy Flying!

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