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Black Woman Warns Travelers About Safety After Finding Hidden Camera In Airbnb
A Black woman is warning other travelers about safety after finding a hidden camera in her Airbnb.
Model and influencer Alexandra Undone said she ready to kick up her feet and dive into a book at a Brooklyn home she rented through the platform when she noticed a hidden camera disguised as a phone charger during her stay on Oct. 27.
“The only reason I even knew what it was is because years ago, a video went viral when a young model warned other womxn (sic) about creepy photographers using them in bathrooms, changing areas, etc.,” she told her more than 40K followers on Instagram.
She goes on to say that after contacting the police department, officers told her it was considered “a gray area” because the listing is his house, and if she was undressed and naked in the host’s home in common areas, “then that’s on me.”
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**update: his listing has been removed** My worst nightmare— Last Friday I was ready to kick up my feet and dive into a good book. I had been working all day so I ran a hot bath, ate, then headed towards the living room. To my horror I found a hidden camera in my @airbnb disguised as a phone charger. The only reason I even knew what it was is because years ago a video went viral when a young model warned other womxn about creepy photographers using them in bathrooms , changing areas etc. The police told me it was a gray area. It didn’t matter that he hadn’t disclosed this information to me or on his listing. It didn’t matter that he possibly saw me naked. It was his house , and if I’m naked in the “common areas” then that’s on me 🙃 According to Airbnb: “Airbnb does not permit security cameras or recording devices in private spaces, regardless of disclosure to guests. We require that hosts include this information in their listing descriptions, photos, and photo captions. Users found to be in violation of this policy may be suspended or deactivated.” As of today, Brian Medenwaldt’s listing is still active. It’s hard to feel safe, especially as a womxn when there are no real consequences. My privacy was violated and used for God only knows what. My peace of mind was robbed and I won’t even allow myself to think how much worse this could have been had my daughter been with me. Please protect yourselves because these systems won’t. Know what a hidden camera looks like, and thoroughly check the spaces you rent. Please share , repost , and spread the word. Thank you to my friends and loved ones that held me down and emotionally supported me through this. Love y’all 💕
However, Airbnb’s policy restricts security cameras or recording devices in private spaces, regardless of disclosure to guests.
“We require that hosts include this information in their listing descriptions, photos, and photo captions. Users found to be in violation of this policy may be suspended or deactivated.”
According to Alexandra, the listing has been removed by Airbnb. Her experience, however, is a reminder that travelers should stay vigilant and always do a room sweep.
If you don’t know how to check for hidden cameras, here’s what you can do:
The best place to start when looking for a hidden camera in your hotel room or Airbnb is with a physical check. To be effective, cameras need three things: line of sight to whatever they’re recording, enough light to record the scene, and a reliable source of power.
Smoke detector, AC power adapter, Alarm sensor, Telephone, Desk or standing lamp, Power outlet, Wall clock, Mirror, Alarm clock, Soap dish, Toothbrush holder, Tissue boxes, DVD player or other set-top box.
If a basic inspection didn’t spot anything, it’s time to pull out your phone. Finding hidden cameras with your smartphone can be done in two different ways: scanning the computer network, and using the phone’s own flashlight and camera for physical detection, according to the experts at Too Many Adapters.