Is Your Airline Seat Watching You?

Airline Seats With Cameras?

Cameras installed in airline seats now surreptitiously record you during every flight, then store the video files indefinitely
08/18/2019 / By Lance D Johnson

If being subjected to radiation and groped at the airport wasn’t enough, now airline passengers will be monitored in their seats by CCTV cameras that can randomly take pictures of you, watch you eat, and pick your nose. In Hong Kong, individual camera screens are being installed in every headrest, glaring at each passenger.

Hong-Kong based Cathay Pacific has installed “entertainment screens” in the back of every airline seat. These screens are equipped with cameras
that can surreptitiously monitor every passenger’s movements and personal preferences. The only place where cameras aren’t installed – the airline reassures – is in the bathrooms.

Airline to intimately monitor each passenger to “fulfill business needs”

Cathay Pacific implemented the new policy so they can exploit your behaviors, your personal preferences, and analyze your feedback to improve their marketing and sales. The airline said they may store the data indefinitely or “as long as necessary.” The data they collect on passengers includes “information such as previous travel arrangements, feedback about your experiences, details of lost luggage and other claims, your use of our in-flight entertainment system and in-flight connectivity, your images captured via CCTV in our airport lounges and aircraft.”

The images will be used to build a detailed database on every passenger. Everything a passenger does at the airport and every program they watch on the plane will be analyzed. Everything they ask for will be scrutinized. Every facial feature and expression will also be analyzed, providing a psychological profile on every passenger. In this way, authorities can predict future behavior and marketers can best exploit passenger’s needs and wants.

In an interview Sun Online Travel, a Cathay Pacific spokesperson said, “We will retain the personal data as long as is necessary to fulfill business needs.”

Nice to know not to fly Cathay… unfortunately, look like they are not alone:

Cathay Pacific isn’t the only airline to roll out individual in-flight cameras for every seat. United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have all rolled out their own version of mid-flight surveillance in the past year. The devices, equipped with cameras, have come under scrutiny from passengers. The airlines were eventually forced to cover up the cameras to “reassure customers” that they weren’t being exploited 24-7.

Still, it appears that airlines are becoming much like Facebook, Google Android devices, and spy machines like Amazon Alexa. They are mining your personal data and behaviors to create a psychological profile on you so they can manipulate you into being a good little consumer or an obedient subject of an ever-encroaching police state.

So check the cover on those airlines and carry bandaids…

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About E.M.Smith

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5 Responses to Is Your Airline Seat Watching You?

  1. Power Grab says:

    I always end up wondering if the ultimate goal is to create an artificial “You”–or at least an interactive video of an artificial “You”…or of your loved ones.

    It always seemed to me that that would be most useful in the case where everyone was quarantined and could only communicate with their loved ones via Skype or Facetime, etc.

    If they can make you think your loved one is thinking or saying certain things, then they could very likely manipulate you into taking some particular action that really oughtn’t to be taken.

  2. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    What happens to a person that puts a “bandaid” over the lens?
    Maybe that one is a decoy and there are others.
    Covering one is an anti-social statement, and in some cases maybe criminal.

  3. tom0mason says:

    So that stick of gum I usually carry will have a use when I’m finished with it. Maybe I’ll also carry some Blu-Tack.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    I’m thinking a laptop with a really big lid / screen, open on the snack tray… and for takeoff and landing holding a large hat …

    Or maybe it is time to start learnig about make-up… but you have to match your id at security… so applied in the restroom… big sunglasses and boa or scarf?

    Donno… I’m thinking a round spot bandaid works well, is discreet, and easily removed when done, but cheap enough to leave for the next guy..

  5. spetzer86 says:

    This should do it:

    Although this may be cheaper:

    Either way, there’s less for Big Brother to see.

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