Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has announced that they record passengers while they’re on board. According to the company, the surveillance is done through in-flight cameras, with the announcement re-opening a debate about passenger privacy during a flight.
Speaking to CNN Travel, a Cathay Pacific spokesperson stated:
“In line with standard practice and to protect our customers and frontline staff, there are CCTV cameras installed in our airport lounges and onboard aircraft (one camera, positioned near the cockpit door) for security purposes. All images are handled sensitively with strict access controls. There are no CCTV cameras installed in the lavatories.”
This isn’t something that is new to the airline industry. In 2018, several companies revealed that they had installed security cameras within their entertainment systems. This prompted a variety of security concerns. Those airlines included Singapore Airlines, Emirates and American, although all three airlines said that they had no plans to activate them.