Familiar Google Glass user runs afoul of United Airlines

April 25, 2014
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As if all the current news surrounding Google Glass security issues weren't enough, another tale has popped up. A woman (who you are familiar with if you follow Glass — read on) was asked to take Glass off during a flight on United Airlines. According to her, someone on the staff ask that she remove the headwear due to “security concerns”.


The staff couldn’t provide adequate reasoning for their concerns, though. In a separate post on her Google+ profile, Cecilia Abadie notes the flight attendant was under the impression “a terrorist could stream live and pose a risk”. When prompted to discern the photo or video streaming ability between Glass and a smartphone, the flight attendant said phones were “different”, but provided no explanation.

If the name Cecilia Abadie sounds familiar, she is the very same woman who was ticketed for driving with Glass in California. Though she was later exonerated, it brought forth an argument about what Glass really is, and the perception of it in the public eye. Considering FAA regulations and airline security in the modern age, it’s unlikely this bout will get such notoriety.

At this point, United hasn’t responded to various requests for a comment, likely because they have a standing rule against taking pics or video of other passengers on their aircraft. Though the video or photo functionality between Glass and a smartphone is similar, one thing has fallen still in this situation: you don’t always have a phone out and ready to take shots. If a passenger was walking around with a phone out in front of them, it’s possible the airline would have acted similarly. In equity, we should point out we've not heard of anyone else having similar issues with Glass on an airline, but as you can see below, it's not been well received elsewhere.

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Source: Google+


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  • Jason Williams

    I love the mindless fear of tech from people who only read sensationalist news stories and do none of their own research.

    I maintain that all of these problems go away if you just sell a cap for the camera.

  • reddragon72

    Classic case of if I can’t have it then you can play with your lol.

    Seriously the whole Glass this is nothing new. Tiny spy cams have been out for over 10 years+ the only thing here is that the everyone knows about this.

    As for terrorists… uhm they would just use a hidden camera as to not reveal themselves… and they wouldn’t pay 1500 bucks for a camera lol

    I have a camera in my car recording the whole time I’m driving….

    Glass is coming people and everyone needs to take a huge chill pill!!

  • norgeek

    “you don’t always have a phone out and ready to take shots” – have you been outside since 2010? That’s exactly what a lot of people are doing, to the point of colliding with solid objects or each other.

    I do wonder if this sort of scepticism also applies to the smart watches are are doing their best to get accepted these days. They tend to have cameras as well.

    Also, “a womAn. many womEn”