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Cathay Pacific admits to filming passengers on board - which other airlines are recording you?

Cathay Pacific is far from the first airline to face scrutiny over its use of passenger data and in-flight cameras
Cathay Pacific is far from the first airline to face scrutiny over its use of passenger data and in-flight cameras Credit: GETTY

In an update to its privacy policy, Cathay Pacific has disclosed that it uses CCTV to record passengers on its aircraft and in airport lounges.

The policy was republished at the end of July, one month after the start of the uprisings in Hong Kong, where the carrier is based. However, Cathay Pacific has emphatically denied any link between the protests and its amended privacy guidelines – or its use of CCTV monitoring.

"Our privacy policy has absolutely no connection to the Hong Kong protests," an airline spokesperson told Telegraph Travel. "The purpose of the policy is to ensure passengers have transparency over the customer data we collect."

"To protect our customers and frontline staff, there are CCTV cameras installed in our airport lounges and onboard aircraft (one camera set, positioned near the cockpit door) for security purposes," they continued. "All images are handled sensitively with strict access controls."

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