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The Danger Behind The Desire to Post to Social Media

The easier-to-use smart phones open the door to shoot more quickly, but in an emergency at what price?

In the age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, many users are always looking for opportunities to share with their followers what they're up to.

But, the desire to post to social media can be dangerous when it comes to filming emergencies and disasters.

Last week, a passenger aboard a burning American Airlines flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport pulled out his smart phone and recorded the frantic evacuation.

Emergency responders now say filming these dangerous events takes things to far.

Officials warn that recording during emergencies could get you hurt, killed or even arrested.

Eric Kolbinsky is a former federal agent who told NBC 6 the government may look to prosecute those who chose to shoot video first rather than escape.

Emergency responders call this the height of stupidity.

Kolbinsky criticized the man who recorded the American Airlines Flight 383 escape saying, "Not only did he put himself but obviously other people's lives in jeopardy."

"There are federal regulations dealing with all that and I would be surprised if they are not looking at him for not violation one of the federal safety regulations," added Kolbinsky.

Helena Poleo, a communications specialist, is an expert in social media.

She says that everyone falls prey to the addiction of social media.

"When they are faced with a situation as they see as different or exciting their first thought is 'I need to get this on my social media," explained Poleo.

The easier-to-use smart phones open the door to shoot more quickly, but in an emergency at what price?

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