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Vitaly Kamluk was flying on Singapore Airlines last week when he found a pinhole camera on the in flight entertainment system. He tweeted at the company expressing his concern.
Why, he asked, does Singapore need to watch its customers during flights?
Just found this interesting sensor looking at me from the seat back on board of Singapore Airlines. Any expert opinion of whether this a camera? Perhaps @SingaporeAir could clarify how it is used? pic.twitter.com/vy0usqruZG— Vitaly Kamluk (@vkamluk) February 17, 2019
The tweet had many confirming that it was, indeed, a camera. It also had many curious as to what Singapore would say about it.
As it turns out, Singapore Airlines bought cheap tablets to use as their in-flight entertainment. These tablets came with cameras.
Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us. We would like to share that some of our newer inflight entertainment systems provided by the original equipment manufacturers do have a camera embedded in the hardware. (1/2)— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) February 17, 2019
The company added:
These cameras have been disabled on our aircraft, and there are no plans to develop any features using the cameras. Thank you. (2/2)— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) February 17, 2019
However, this did not put everyone's worries to rest.
Suggest actually covering them with a solid cover, people are skeptical of any company’s motives given the amount of data already collected (by other companies) without consent.— fail_data (@data_fail) February 19, 2019
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Logically disabled?— Rob Rosenberger (@vmyths) February 17, 2019
Or physically disabled?
Have you ever found a camera on your plane? How would you feel if you did? And, most importantly, will you still fly on Singapore Airlines?