What you are looking at is a video recorder on a Delta partner Shuttle America jet. @GoldboxATL on twitter posted the above photo and gave me permission to us it and the one below:
Delta and partner Shuttle America are not getting along all that well and I posted yesterday about my less than outstanding recent trip with this Delta connection partner, but the idea of having video recordings of me and the cabin is not something I personally would be thrilled about. So I reached out to Delta for some more information about these video units. A company representative told me that:
“Shuttle America says those [cameras] are relics that have no functionality. Apparently, there was a short-lived security program in 2002-03 where RJET got some federal grant money to test having cameras on aircraft. It basically never went anywhere and the program ended. The cameras have been out of service since then and S5 [Shuttle America] says there are only a few of these aircraft with these decommissioned cameras off them – and they’re all on EMB145s. They won’t be removed since they’re slated for retirement anyway.” – Delta CORP
So mystery solved and I am truly happy this is NOT something new and something we are going to see on more Delta and Delta “painted” partner jets.
But since we are now talking about this topic I would love some of your input. After all, I often take photos on Delta jets of the cabin and sometimes folks get in the shots. Same thing goes for Sky Club reviews and other parts of the airport, that is, folks end up in the photos. I often, when I see children in the shots, blur their faces just because. But all these folks are in public and I understand I may end up on someone’s twitter or Instagram page if I am in public as well. This is 2015 after all.
Now back to the non-functioning Delta connection video units. Let’s talk about these a bit. This test was well over 10 years ago. Back then we did not see passenger “rage” like we do today. Perhaps it would be a good thing to see video cameras on jets. Would that not, just perhaps, prevent some of the crazy things we see passengers doing on-board today if they knew they were being filmed while on-board?
But then there is the other half of the coin, that is, how would Delta, again if they did this (they are NOT), use the video files later on? Would they use them to check up on flight attendants and see how the service was. What if someone complained about an event on-board for compensation, could Delta then check the tape to see what really happened? When you think about the new C+ fare class I sure could see Delta using video to check if the service by the cabin crew was up to what it should be. So video I think would not be popular with those who work on Delta jets from this stand point.
Anyway, all of this is just an interesting point of discussion as the cameras clearly are VERY old and not something new and Delta is not adding them to jets. Still, I would love your input on what you think about the whole idea? – René
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