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SonicFlyer
02-21-2019, 08:04 PM
A viral photo showing a camera in a Singapore Airlines in-flight TV display recently caused an uproar online. The image was retweeted hundreds of times, with many people expressing concern about the privacy implications. As it turns out, some seat-back screens in American Airlines' premium economy class have them, too. Sri Ray was aboard an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 flight to Tokyo in September 2018 when he noticed something strange: a camera embedded in the seat back of his entertainment system. The cameras are also visible in this June 2017 review of the airline's premium economy offering by the Points Guy, as well as this YouTube video by Business Traveller magazine.

American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein confirmed to BuzzFeed News that cameras are present on some of the airlines' in-flight entertainment systems, but said "they have never been activated, and American is not considering using them." Feinstein added, "Cameras are a standard feature on many in-flight entertainment systems used by multiple airlines. Manufacturers of those systems have included cameras for possible future uses, such as hand gestures to control in-flight entertainment." After Twitter user Vitaly Kamluk saw a similar lens on Singapore Airlines and tweeted photos of the system last week, the airline responded from its official Twitter account, saying the cameras were "disabled." Still, the airlines could quell passengers' concerns by covering the lenses with a plastic cover, if indeed there is no use for the camera.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nicolenguyen/american-airlines-planes-entertainment-system-cameras


Buzzlightyear
02-21-2019, 08:33 PM
If they say they’ve not considered using them and they have not been activated I fully assume that they have indeed been activated and that they regularly do consider using them.

Name User
02-22-2019, 12:22 AM
Privacy concerns? In a public environment? I'm amazed there aren't cameras in the overhead throughout the cabin.


Hetman
02-22-2019, 01:23 AM
Chewing gum will fix it.

jcountry
02-22-2019, 03:12 AM
Privacy concerns? In a public environment? I'm amazed there aren't cameras in the overhead throughout the cabin.

Exactly.

There is no expectation of privacy in any public setting.

People are retards

Brokeasspot
02-22-2019, 04:55 AM
WTH would they record?? Some dude sleeping or picking their nose?!??

Bob Loblaw
02-22-2019, 05:08 AM
The people most outraged by this are probably the same ones taking selfies for their Instagram.

SonicFlyer
05-02-2019, 04:11 PM
Looks like UAL is now covering all of their seatback cameras:


https://tech.slashdot.org/story/19/04/27/0446201/united-airlines-covers-all-cameras-on-its-seatback-screens-following-outcry

TankerDriver
05-03-2019, 09:59 AM
Of all the measures put in place after 9/11, I am surprised security cameras weren't one of the first things installed a long time ago so the people up front can see what's going on back there. We've had the technology for decades. Why not?

awax
05-03-2019, 01:21 PM
What I’m most confused about in this thread is that OP is claiming a photo shared “hundreds” of times is considered viral. Roughly the passenger count of a 777 is enraged over this? So what?

Snuffaluffagus
05-04-2019, 05:25 PM
Of all the measures put in place after 9/11, I am surprised security cameras weren't one of the first things installed a long time ago so the people up front can see what's going on back there. We've had the technology for decades. Why not?




It costs $$$$

ItnStln
05-05-2019, 05:52 AM
Of all the measures put in place after 9/11, I am surprised security cameras weren't one of the first things installed a long time ago so the people up front can see what's going on back there. We've had the technology for decades. Why not?
I’ve wondered that as well.