An American spokeswoman repeatedly told the reporter on Friday that none of his entertainment systems had cameras before they apologized and said someone did. Delta also said on Saturday that some of its entertainment screens have cameras.
The airlines emphasized that they did not add to the cameras – manufacturers embedded them in the entertainment systems. American systems are made by Panasonic, while Singapore uses Panasonic and Thales, according to airline representatives. Neither Panasonic nor Thales responded immediately for comment.
When shrinking, cameras are built into multiple devices, including laptops and smartphones. The presence of cameras in aircraft entertainment systems was known in aviation circles at least two years ago, but not among travelers.
Seth Miller, a journalist who wrote about the problem in 201