Airbus, major aircraft manufacturer, A380 builders and now want to record you why you are waiting to use the loo. They are testing these fancy new tech sensors on their test A350 which may track a lot more then you’re comfortable with.
Airbus is currently testing their new “iSeat” technology by Recaro on their “Flying Lab” on the A350, this is quite complicated so here is a simplified explanation: real-time data from seats, toilets, food carts, overhead bins, emergency equipment, gets passed to the crew via open software and appears on a large screen in the galley, this helps cabin crew see the problems in one central place as well as assisting them to track passenger whereabouts. According to Airbus, it will “usher in a new personalised experience for passengers and provide opportunities for improving airlines’ ancillary revenues and operational efficiencies” however if airlines decide to go with this here are some of the activities that may be tracked: your weight and height, cameras outside the toilets and sensors inside, if your seat belt in on and how far your chair is reclined. As well as helping the crew the new tech will also “generate additional ancillary revenues through personalised retail and advertisement as well as new services” according to to the European aircraft manufacturer.
At the end of the day, all of this still be tested, and airlines will decide if profit is more important then customers concerns about tracking, we live in a weird time, 30 years ago you could light up a smoke without anyone caring but if this tech goes ahead you could be simply judged for lifting your seatbelt buckle.
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