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United Airlines Covers Creepy SeatBack Cameras

first_imgJust 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“These cameras have been disabled on our aircraft,” and there are no plans to develop any features using [them],” the firm promised.American Airlines released a similar proclamation, telling Geek that “while these cameras are present on some American Airlines in-flight entertainment systems as delivered from the manufacturer, they have never been activated and American is not considering using them.”If that’s true, though, why not start by covering the lenses? Or at least informing passengers of their existence and inactivity, instead of hoping no one will notice.Otherwise, more photos (like the one that launched recent headlines) will go viral. And we all know how much damage overzealous online trolls can do to prominent airlines.High-tech devices, like in-flight entertainment screens or smart home security systems, have a lot of moving parts. Enough that companies sometimes forget to mention certain bits of hardware.Google was forced in February to admit its Nest Secure features a “hidden” microphone, which is built into the system, but not disclosed in the product specifications.More on Geek.com:United Airlines Pays Out Millions in Miles for Finding Security FlawsAirline Refuses to Board Artist and Her ‘Emotional Support’ PeacockGoogle Now Tells You If Airlines Are Ripping You Off Google Now Tells You If Airlines are Ripping You OffChrome Extension Helps Fliers Boycott United Airlines Stay on targetcenter_img Privacy doesn’t end once you reach cruising altitude.Following backlash over cameras installed in some planes’ seat-back screens, United Airlines reportedly covered the tiny lenses embedded in its premium pews.“None of these cameras were ever activated and we had no plans to use them in the future,” a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “However, we took the additional step to cover the cameras.”During a recent United flight, Sri Ray, a former site reliability engineer at BuzzFeed, snapped a photo of a sticker covering the installed lens.The mini shooters (like those you’d find above a laptop display) are apparently standard among in-flight entertainment systems, built in by the manufacturer for future uses like seat-to-seat video conferencing.At least, that’s what Singapore Airlines said earlier this year when an image showing the candid camera caused an uproar online.last_img

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