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I've heard that there are cameras on the fuselage and wings of some passenger aircraft. Is there a similar surveillance system in-built at the cargo bay/compartment of a passenger aircraft?

During the baggage loading / unloading of passenger aircraft, many burglary events can be experienced. I think that if there was a camera surveillance system, theft could be reduced significantly. At the same time, when the fire warning was received from the compartment, the pilot could confirm by monitoring the cargo compartment whether the warning was correct and avoid unnecessarily diverting. In addition, the perpetrators of compartment damage occurring in cargo loading / offloading could also be easily identified.

Why did the aircraft manufacturers not consider installing in-built cameras in the cargo compartment?

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    $\begingroup$ "the pilot could confirm by monitoring the cargo compartment whether the warning was correct and avoid unnecessarily diverting" It could be in a part they can't see, as a pilot I would divert regardless of seeing it on a camera or not. A little spark can quickly turn into an inferno. As soon as smoke filled the compartment, it would be useless. I'm also not sure they would thwart thefts (as rare as they are) because there are a lot of places to hide or steal before luggage gets to the aircraft. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer May 13 '19 at 1:08
  • $\begingroup$ If there is nothing to be seen due to smoke, a real fire warning has been confirmed via using the camera, isn’t it? $\endgroup$ – GolfCharlie May 13 '19 at 1:15
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    $\begingroup$ Right, but what has it bought you other than a distraction? You have an alarm going off and no reason to mistrust it. Why do you need the pilot, who is flying the plane, trying to coordinate an emergency landing, to also need to visually verify an alarm? $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer May 13 '19 at 2:27
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    $\begingroup$ You need to have a camera that is very sensitive to smoke in order to detect small fires quickly... you want to do it by looking at light being absorbed or scattered by smoke... that device is exactly a photoelectric smoke detector which is what they already put in. $\endgroup$ – user71659 May 13 '19 at 3:13
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    $\begingroup$ During the baggage loading / unloading of passenger aircraft, many burglary events can be experienced [citation needed] $\endgroup$ – Sanchises May 13 '19 at 9:36
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Any burglary of cargo would happen outside the aircraft, after unloading the cargo. External cameras on the ramp are much more effective for this purpose. I don't know of any aircraft that has internal cameras just for the cargo area.

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