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Monday, 18 February 2019 09:22

Singapore Airlines says no plans to use video cams on-board

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Singapore Airlines has said it does not plan to use video cameras, that are part of its newer inflight entertainment systems, in any way, adding that they will be disabled.

"There are no plans to develop any features using the cameras," the airline said in a tweet, after a sharp-eyed security researcher, Vitaly Kamluk, spotted the devices during a flight.

Kamluk, who heads the operations of security outfit Kaspersky Lab in the Asia-Pacific region and is based in Singapore, said in a tweet: "Just found this interesting sensor looking at me from the seat back on board of Singapore Airlines.

"Any expert opinion of whether this a camera? Perhaps @SingaporeAir could clarify how it is used?"

In response, the airline said: "Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us.

"We would like to share that some of our newer inflight entertainment systems provided by the original equipment manufacturers do have a camera embedded in the hardware."

After the airline tweeted that it had no plans to use the cameras, Kamluk tweeted: "Noted with thanks, @SingaporeAir. I really like your IFE system and quality of the content. Keep security of your passengers up!

"It’s best to disable these cameras physically until you decide to use them, i.e. with a simple sticker. Thank you!"

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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