Flights: Alarmed plane passenger spots hidden camera filming fliers in first-class toilet

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Flights: Alarmed plane passenger spots hidden camera filming fliers in first-class toilet

2018-01-03

A PLANE passenger on a United Airlines flight was horrified when she was using an aircraft bathroom in first-class and spotted a hidden camera spying on travellers. The flier who installed the device has now been arrested. A United Airlines plane passenger has been arrested after he was allegedly found to have installed a camera in an aircraft bathroom. The hidden device was spotted by a female passenger who was using the facilities in first-class, reported US site Eyewitness News. She spotted a “device with a blue blinking light" near the bathroom cabinet and close to a door hinge. The concerned flier grabbed the camera with a paper towel and showed it to a United flight attendant.  The device was then handed over to George Bush Intercontinental Airport United Airlines Corporate Security.

Footage from the camera later revealed the man who installed the camera in the bathroom on the USA flight from San Diego to Houston on 5 May.

The man, a Malaysian citizen, was identified and charged with video voyeurism within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

FBI Houston also recovered deleted files of recordings on an Emirates flight where at least two women were caught on camera, one of whom was a member of cabin crew.

The man has now been held in federal custody after being arrested last Thursday. If convicted, he could be fined, spend up to a year in prison or both.

According to the Houston Chronicle, he is being held in a Houston detention facility pending a bond hearing.

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Flights: The hidden device was spotted by a United Airlines passenger who was using the bathroom (Image: Getty Images)
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Flights: The United passenger spotted a “device with a blue blinking light" (stock image) (Image: Getty Images)
“As these devices become more prevalent, I think you're going got see a lot more of these cases in the future," Philip Hilder, a former federal prosecutor, told Eyewitness News.

A United Airlines spokesperson told Express.co.uk: "The safety and security of our customers is our top priority.

"When our crew was alerted of this issue they acted quickly to notify the appropriate authorities.

"We will fully cooperate and support this investigation as it moves forward."

Express.co.uk has also contacted Emirates for further comment on the past incident.

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Flights: The hidden device was spotted by a United Airlines passenger who was using the bathroom (Image: Getty Images)
 flights united airlines plane toilet camera spyware news

Flights: The United passenger spotted a “device with a blue blinking light" (stock image) (Image: Getty Images)
“As these devices become more prevalent, I think you're going got see a lot more of these cases in the future," Philip Hilder, a former federal prosecutor, told Eyewitness News.

A United Airlines spokesperson told Express.co.uk: "The safety and security of our customers is our top priority.

"When our crew was alerted of this issue they acted quickly to notify the appropriate authorities.

"We will fully cooperate and support this investigation as it moves forward."

Express.co.uk has also contacted Emirates for further comment on the past incident.