Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 28 Aug 2014
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On an EK flight class, I noticed that the seatback IFE system had (what appeared to be) a small pinhole camera recessed into the screen fascia, similar to the webcam you might find on a laptop. (I'll try to attach an image of it)If it's in fact a camera -- as it appears -- what purpose does this serve?My only guess is that it's a component of the IFE comms that might allow for video calls or social media use at some point in the future. Perhaps a feature included by the IFE manufacturer that EK hasn't put into service.. (Alternatively, could it be used for pax monitoring, as they do in the main cabin with their bulkhead cameras?)Does anybody know what this is? Let me know your thoughts, and/or if I'm clearly missing something...
If it's of any relevance, it was on a newer A388 aircraft (registration A6-EUD).
Member since 22 Oct 2012
Total posts 193
A possible explanation is that it detects the surrounding light levels and adjusts your screen brightness to suit.
Member since 16 Jun 2017
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That was my thought, but I tried covering it multiple times to no effect. I believe the four black sensors (two on each side of the blue illuminated power button) are used to monitor the ambient light?
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum
Member since 07 Feb 2013
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Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 13 Nov 2015
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Qantas A330 Business has a huge webcam-like camera on the top of the IFE screen. Not sure of its function, but I presume it's currently inactive.
I'm asking about the purpose of an IFE feature, I don't think that qualifies as a paranoia. Hey, thanks for your useful contribution though, keep up the good work tiger.
Member since 10 May 2017
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Did you ask any of the EK staff on board or?
Member since 23 Oct 2013
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It's a standard Panasonic Avionics Elite 13 Monitor which Emirates uses in Economy. The screen just comes with a camera but Emirates doesn't use it.
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