Planes will soon record how long you use the toilet mid-flight
You might soon be constantly recorded by a video camera while waiting to use the bathroom on your flight, with the duration of your time spent on the toilet also captured.
It's all part of Airbus' promise to offer a "more personalised travel experience" to travellers through the use of sensors designed to closely monitor the in-flight experience.
Everything from overhead bin usage, seat belts, lavatory use and passenger weight and height could soon be recorded.
Airbus claim the data collected will help reduce walk-throughs from flight attendants and will create faster boarding and departures.
The so-called "Airspace Connected Experience" also promises a more personalised experience for customers.
"Passengers will receive a more personalised travel experience specifically targeted to the individual needs and preferences, based on the available data," the company said in statement.
"This covers pre and remote ordering of preferred meals, booking of private bin space, setting of individual seat positions as well as a tailor-made [in-flight entertainment] offer."
WHAT INFORMATION WILL CUSTOMERS BE GIVING UP?
Real-time data monitoring will identify when passengers have their seat belts fastened and how far chairs are reclined throughout flights.
Lavatory sensors will monitor toilet paper and soap levels, while cameras will record how long someone has waited to use the bathrooms.
Overhead sensors will identity where there is space in the cabins.
The crew will also have access to information on the exact contents of galley carts.
Passenger weight and height could also be monitored for assigning seats.
Information collected would be sent a OLED large screen at the back of the plane or to digital devices used by cabin crew. It also be uploaded to Airbus' Skywise cloud storage.
WHAT DO THE AIRLINES GET?
Airbus will be hosting test flights of its A350-900 aircraft.
Emirates, Singapore Airlines and British Airways are among some of the multinational airlines using A350-900 aircrafts, although no commercial airlines are yet to introduce the technology.
The biggest benefit of using the technology would be the ability for airlines to monetise data.
"Airlines will be able to generate additional ancillary revenues through personalised retail and advertisement as well as new services, all enabled by the IoT approach," explained Airbus.
SHOULD YOU BE CONCERED?
Being recorded using the toilet sounds creepy, but Airbus said faces would be blurred and no identity or personal information would be stored.
As the concept is still being trailed, the specifics of everything you would be handing over remain a mystery.
Ultimately, the customer will decide with their wallet if they are comfortable with handing over data.
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