A Cathay Pacific spokesperson clarified the matter, telling CNN that one CCTV camera is located near the cockpit door in airplanes for ‘security purposes.’ As well, the airline has CCTV cameras in its airport lounges ‘to protect our customers and frontline staff,’ the spokesperson said. ‘All images are handled sensitively with strict access controls. There are no CCTV cameras installed in the lavatories.’
The news fueled concerns that first came to light earlier this year regarding in-flight infotainment systems and their embedded cameras. A number of airlines had claimed they were not using the cameras to monitor customers and Cathay Pacific has confirmed that the same is true for its own seat-back systems.