A montage of the camera lens found inside Singapore Airlines' entertainment panel.
PHOTO BY VITALY KAMLUK
DUBAI – Social media users have criticized Singapore Airlines after in-flight “spy” cameras were found embedded in its entertainment monitors.
Earlier this week, an airline passenger posted a photo on Twitter after finding a small camera lens in the entertainment panel in front of him and tweeted the airline to inquire what it was.
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
Singapore Airlines responded that it was a camera lens that has been disabled.
According to the airline, the camera is part of its entertainment system installed in some business, premium economy and economy classes.
“These cameras are permanently disabled on our aircraft and cannot be activated on board. We have no plans to enable or develop any features using the cameras,” the airline said.
Social media users took to Twitter to complain about possible invasion of privacy.
“The real issue is for what purpose the cameras were installed in the first place. SIA’s response totally missed the point,” said Felipe on Twitter.
“As a general answer to the question of what I got to hide? My privacy. Do I expect to have the same level of privacy in an aircraft like I have at home, ofc not. Still wish not to be monitored if possible [sic],” said Twitter user DaCoolX. GAD/Expat Media
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