Cameras discovered in American Airlines seat screens

An American Airlines passenger recently discovered that the seat-back entertainment system in premium economy class had a camera embedded at the bottom of its LCD screen, BuzzFeed News reports.

The passenger noticed the camera while on a flight from the United States to Tokyo in September 2018, and others have since also noticed the cameras onboard American Airlines flights.

The airline told BuzzFeed News that cameras are integrated into some of the in-flight entertainment systems on its aircraft, but they were deactivated.

“Cameras are a standard feature on many in-flight entertainment systems used by multiple airlines,” the company said.

“Manufacturers of those systems have included cameras for possible future uses, such as hand gestures to control in-flight entertainment.”

American Airlines said these cameras have never been activated, and the company is not considering using them.

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