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Hate flying? Then you’re really going to hate airplane seat cameras

Eye spy a spy in the sky.

plane tv screens with camera spying on you
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Remember going to amusement parks as a kid? Remember how much fun it was when you and your friends planned out funny poses for the roller coaster? What if I was to tell you that you’ll soon be able to capture that same thrill again, only the “pose” lasts for 6 straight hours and the roller coaster is a plane now?

Well, that’s the grim future that Vitaly Kamuk was forced to consider after spotting a camera mounted into the seat in front of him during a recent flight on Singapore Airlines.

After sharing the photo on Twitter, Kamluk was contacted by Singapore Airlines and reassured that the thing he thought was a camera, was indeed a camera! But fret not, because it’s totally not being used to spy on you! Everything’s totally chill, bro!

When asked for clarification as to just what the f*ck they meant by that, Singapore Air was quick to clarify that it “had no plans to enable any features using the cameras” because, seriously bro, you need to ease off. Why would you even ask such a question? Some other company put those cameras there and it’s not like they’re even on.

So if you’ve been keeping score (which you totally shouldn’t, because math is for nerds), then not only are all your neighbors spying on you with license-scanning cameras while selling your frequent flier miles on the dark web, but soon they’ll be able to live-stream your anxiety-and-xanax-induced coma in real-time when your plane’s totally unnecessary camera is inevitably hacked.

But at least reputable companies like GOOGLE aren’t doing sketchy things, right? Oh…

Not chill, Internet of Shit. Not chill at all.

Update 2/22/19: American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein confirmed to BuzzFeed News that cameras are present on some of the airlines’ in-flight entertainment systems, but said:

“They have never been activated, and American is not considering using them. Cameras are a standard feature on many in-flight entertainment systems used by multiple airlines. Manufacturers of those systems have included cameras for possible future uses, such as hand gestures to control in-flight entertainment.”

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