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February 27, 2019-Singapore Airlines passenger Vitaly Kamluk noticed a camera below the seat-back monitor aboard his flight and tweeted the carrier to ask how the camera was used. After the query, a trio of carriers - American, United and Singapore - said that they had IFE systems with embedded cameras, but all said they were inactive, and were for “possible future uses such as seat-to-seat video conferencing," but there were no plans to activate the cameras.
Panasonic Avionics noted that the cameras were not there to "spy" on passengers, and would work with carriers prior to any activation. “Prior to the use of any camera on a Panasonic Avionics system that would affect passenger privacy, Panasonic Avionics would work closely with its airline customer to educate passengers about how the system works and to certify compliance with all appropriate privacy laws and regulations, such as GDPR,” said a Panasonic spokesperson.
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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