The largest expert travel community:
  • 776,378 Total members
  • 5,094 Users online now
  • 1,732,326 Threads
  • 32,093,641 Posts

So, A Passenger Was Secretly Recording People in the First Class Bathroom

So, A Passenger Was Secretly Recording People in the First Class Bathroom
Jennifer Billock

Not much is worse than having to use the bathroom on an airplane during a flight — except for later discovering you were being recorded while in the lavatory. A Malaysian man was formally charged recently with installing a camera in plane lavatories; one was recently found on a United Airlines flight.

Earlier this year, a passenger on a United Airlines flight from San Diego to Houston made a strange discovery in the airplane’s first class lavatory: a device with a blinking blue light. She brought it to the crew, who then handed it over to Houston United Airlines Corporate Security—and security determined it was a camera.

“After viewing the information on the device, a male was caught on video installing the device in the first class lavatory of this particular flight,” court documents say, reported by USA Today. Only the man’s clothing and jewelry was visible on the video device, but combined with footage of passengers boarding and deplaning, authorities and the FBI were able to determine the man’s identity.

Malaysian citizen Choon Ping Lee, who works for an oil field service company, was officially charged on August 5 for installing the camera. Deleted footage included “another aircraft bathroom/lavatory where at least two women/victims were caught on camera,” the documents say. “After further review and research, it was determined the deleted files were of the Emirates Aircraft Lavatory. One of the women/victims caught on camera was wearing an Emirates flight crew uniform.”

United is cooperating with the investigation.

“The safety and security of our customers is our top priority,” United spokesperson Kimberly Gibbs told USA TODAY in a statement. “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.”


[Featured Image: Flickr/ Alan Light]

View Comments (4)


  1. saaveraward

    August 13, 2019 at 8:55 am

    You need to remove that photo because you’re implicating the man at the front of the cabin is the suspect.

  2. mvoight

    August 13, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Agreed. Why would you post a photo of an unrelated airline passenger for this story?

  3. peterk814

    August 14, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Does it matter more because he got two females on camera? Shouldnt it be just as despicable that he caught men and women on camera? Guess the men caught aren’t “victims” due to their gender.

  4. dhuey


    August 18, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    He should also be charged with criminal incompetence. He didn’t tape over the blinking LED light? Sheesh. This guy was phoning in his perversions.

You must be logged in on the FORUM to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


More in Passengers

International Travel Impacted Through Summer Months

Joe CortezJune 16, 2020

Airlines: Wear Face Coverings or Face Consequences

Joe CortezJune 16, 2020

Masks May Become Mandatory For Future Travelers

Jackie ReddyMay 4, 2020

Copyright © 2014 Top News Theme. Theme by MVP Themes, powered by Wordpress.


I want emails from FlyerTalk with travel information and promotions. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails