IFEs, in-flight entertainment systems, are a familiar sight to seasoned travelers. They are common on long flights. The seatback screens meant to entertain passengers while airborne. Many travelers have begun to notice something about the IFEs though—they are equipped with their own cameras which begs the question: are they watching us back?
Passengers on both American Airlines and Singapore Airlines notice the cameras and aired their concerns to the airlines.
Both airlines said no one was watching them. American Airlines stated that the cameras were standard on IFEs. Airlines may have chosen models like this for future use in passenger to passenger video chat. Singapore Airlines made similar statements.
No Airline currently manufactures their own IFE systems. While they are customizable, most physical attributes are decided by the manufacturer.