A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific told CNN “In line with the 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.” Cathay’s actions are opening the privacy debate for travelers. Does this infringe on privacy to the point of no return?
CNN reports that “while CCTV surveillance is accepted by many as a reassuring security measure, others feel tracking passengers in the confines of an airplane cabin is a step too far.” Despite potential security benefits in a day in age where terrorists use airlines as weapons, the recordings can also open up another avenue for potential security failures. As for Cathay Pacific airlines, “In October 2018, the airline reported a data breach that potentially impacted some in million passengers. British Airways also experienced a data breach in 2018 and was fined $230 million under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation rules.”