Now there is another place where cameras can start to see you – from 30,000 feet.
Newer setback entertainment systems on some aircraft operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it is likely that they are also on planes used by other carriers.
American and Singapore both said Friday that they have never activated the cameras and are not planning to use them.
But companies that make entertainment systems install cameras to offer future options such as the seat
A passenger on a Singapore airboat sent a picture of the seat box view last week, and the tweet was shared several hundred times and exclaimed media coverage. BuzzFeed first reported that the cameras are also on some American aircraft.
The airlines emphasized that they did not add to the cameras ̵
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 2017, believes that equipment workers did not consider the Privacy implications. There were already cameras on aircraft – but not so intrusive – and the companies assumed that the passengers would shop with pictures to make it easier, as they do with face recognition technology at immigration checkpoints, he said.
"Now they stand against the blowback of a small but vocal group asking questions about the value of the system that is not even active," said Miller. The 82 Boeing 777 and Airbus A330-200 Jets American has nearly 1000 aircraft.
"Cameras are a standard feature on many entertainment systems used by several airlines," he said.  Singapore spokesman James Boyd said cameras are on the 84 Airbus A350s, Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s and 787s. The airline has 117 flights.
While airlines say they do not plan to use the cameras, suggested a Twitter user, called Vitaly Kamluk, to snap the image of the camera "The cameras are probably not used now," he tweeted. "But if they are wired, operational, combined with the microphone, it is a joke Reason for a smart hack to use them on 84+ flights and spy on passengers. "