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New Surveillance System

Big Brother comes into the aircraft cabin

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jun 09, 2010

(eTN) - Information received from Lufthansa sources speaks of the development of a new surveillance system in commercial aircraft, developed by target="_blank">Lufthansa Technik, which is part of the Lufthansa Group. The new system will become available on the market in early 2011 when a launch customer will have it installed in the first of their aircraft before other customers can then also order the system.

It is understood that more than a dozen cameras will be monitoring the access to the cockpit, the passenger cabin, and the cargo holds, giving the pilots a detailed overview of what is happening behind and below.

It is not presently confirmed if air marshals deployed on mainly United States airlines and on aircraft of several other nations will be able to look into the camera feed. Once the technology is available and installed, it is likely that constant monitoring of this sort will also become available for security staff deployed on board and not just the pilots, so that all concerned with the safety of that particular flight will be constantly aware of movements of passengers in the cabin and even possible events in the cargo compartment.

Big Brother comes into the aircraft cabin
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