A viral tweet prompted closer scrutiny
Cameras pointed at passengers have been noticed in the inflight entertainment systems used by some American Airlines and Singapore Airlines aircraft, BuzzFeed News reports. Both airlines have confirmed that the cameras exist, but they say they were included with off-the-shelf parts from manufacturers and have not been activated. The airlines also confirmed that they have no plans to use them in the future.
The cameras were originally spotted on a Singapore Airlines flight by Twitter user @vkamluk, and BuzzFeed News also found that one of its own former employees had seen a camera in an American Airlines flight. Their existence dates back to at least June 2017 when they can be spotted in pictures of an American Airlines plane in a post from The Points Guy.
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