Some American Airlines and Singapore Airlines seat screens have built-in cameras

midian182

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These cameras have been spotted for a couple of years now, but they gained more attention recently when a photo of one from a Singapore Airlines flight was tweeted by user Vitaly Kamluk.

As reported by BuzzFeed News, they have also been discovered in some of the screens on American Airlines’ premium economy class seats. Passenger Sri Ray noticed one during a Boeing 777-200 flight to Tokyo last September.

While unexplained cameras are always going to be a concern, the companies claim there is no reason to worry. The airlines’ in-flight entertainment systems were purchased from the manufacturers with the cameras already embedded for possible future features. These include seat-to-seat video conferencing and using hand gestures to control what’s on the screen.

Both firms said the cameras have never been activated and they have no plans to develop features that would make use of them.

While there appears to be nothing to worry about in these cases, privacy fears mean many people today are uncomfortable with having a camera pointed at them. After Google admitted that not revealing its Nest system came with an in-built microphone was an error, public mistrust when it comes to such matters remains high.

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Knot Schure

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Order a beer. Peel off the wrapper. Stick it over the camera.

This isn't a low end car, with blanked-out A/C buttons, NOTHING makes into an aircraft unless it works for a living. Hence all that expensive and difficult-to-work-with titanium involved in the construction.

I'm very suspicious of this hardware being implemented, in these post-Snowden days....
 

Misagt

Posts: 316   +234
Order a beer. Peel off the wrapper. Stick it over the camera.

This isn't a low end car, with blanked-out A/C buttons, NOTHING makes into an aircraft unless it works for a living. Hence all that expensive and difficult-to-work-with titanium involved in the construction.

I'm very suspicious of this hardware being implemented, in these post-Snowden days....

Even if these companies don't use it. There is nothing to say that government agencies won't have access to these cameras.
 

netman

Posts: 702   +275
"Order a beer. Peel off the wrapper. Stick it over the camera"

Better still...Just stick your chewed gum on it...problem solved!
 

danydany

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Usually I sleep during the flights, so I doubt that someone will need video record with me drooling on the pillow