Back in the 50’s, my late grandpa took a bunch of pictures at Copenhagen Airport. In some, people were standing around the parked aircraft (DC-3), clearly admiring the winged wonders. In others, they’re standing behind a low fence, chatting and looking good.
The picture above is one of the latter, of SE-BBO “Orvar Viking”, operated by SAS between 1948 and 1957. It’s mine now (the photo, not the aircraft), and I keep it in my bag when I travel. For luck.
Today, airports are very different, much busier creatures, and security is (understandably) more strict. If I were let loose alone amongst the parked aircraft in an active airport it would probably take me all of ten minutes to get myself flattened by a taxiing CRJ.
Thank god for viewing platforms and “unofficial” spotter-spots.