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Cameras found in Singapore Airlines in-flight entertainment

Earlier this month it was discovered that Singapore Airlines was one of several companies secretly recording customers’ screens while using their app on an iPhone. Now, there’s the camera, which was discovered by a traveler who tweeted out the discovery, asking Singapore Airlines to clarify how it was being used. The airline responded quickly, explaining that it was indeed a camera that came built into the in-flight entertainment system, but it swears the camera was not in use.

Soon other tweeters joined the conversation, asking a few more questions about where exactly the camera had been located and whether it was saved for the chumps in coach or a special privilege for the privileged few in business class. The airline replied,”the cameras are in selected Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class.”

We reached out to Singapore Airlines for comment and the airline sent this statement, which reflects everything it tweeted:

Some of our newer IFE systems provided by the original equipment manufacturers do have a camera provisioned and embedded in the hardware. These cameras have been intended by the manufacturers for future developments. 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.

If that response sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because just today Google had a similar whoopsie moment: It forgot to mention to anyone, or list anywhere in its technical specifications, that Nest has a built-in microphone. While Singapore Airlines claims it doesn’t intend to

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