Update: August 6, 2019 at 2:18 p.m. ET
A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific issued a statement to TravelPulse regarding the use of cameras inside the airline’s planes and lounges:
“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 (specifically, onboard aircraft, there is only 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.”
“Our inflight entertainment systems do not have any cameras, microphones or sensors to monitor passengers, nor have they in the past.”
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According to CNBC.com, Cathay Pacific revealed its uses CCTV cameras located throughout the plane for security purposes. The airline said it collects the footage for analyzation and also records how passengers use the in-flight entertainment system.
While Cathay Pacific refused to reveal where the onboard cameras were located, it did confirm there was no surveillance in plane bathrooms or their in-flight entertainment systems, according to The Independent.
“In line with standard practice and to protect our customers and frontline staff, there are CCTV cameras installed in our airport lounges and on board aircraft for security purposes,” airline officials said in a statement.
Cathay Pacific officials did reveal personal data may also be shared with third-party partners for marketing purposes.