Man accused of putting hidden camera in airplane bathroom

Choon Ping Lee was arrested after a woman on a Houston-bound United Airlines flight spotted the camera and handed it over to the flight crew.
2:34 | 08/13/19

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Now to the investigation into a disturbing discovery on a united flight. A passenger spotting a hidden camera in an airplane bathroom. Now the man suspected of planting it in that bathroom is facing charges, and Paula Faris is here with more. Paula, this may not have been the only time he's done this. Reporter: It wasn't the only time. Good morning. This particular incident happened on a flight from San Diego to Houston in may of this year. Had a woman not noticed a blue blinking light in the airplane's bathroom, the perpetrator may have gotten away with it. This morning, allegations of an alarming discovery on a united airlines flight. Authorities say a blinking light in an airplane bathroom turned out to be a hidden camera. This newly released criminal complaint says a camera was discovered by a woman flying in first class on a flight from San Diego to Houston. After spotting a blue light near the door, she grabbed the object, quickly handed it over to the flight crew. Upon landing, the united crew immediately turned it over to airport security. The airline telling us, 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. According to the complaint, footage recovered shows a man setting up the camera, face obscured, but distinctive jewelry and clothing. The FBI scoured airport surveillance video. Agents say they were able to match the clothing and jewelry to a suspect, Malaysian national and Halliburton employee, choon ping Lee. The company released a statement that they are aware of the situation and they are cooperating with the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office in their investigation, but it's not just airplanes that are vulnerable to potential voi arism. Just last fall, a Pensacola family say they found a hidden camera facing their bed while cruising to the caribbean. And in 2017, a couple in Florida was secretly recorded in their airbnb rental. A camera was hidden inside a smoke detector looking down on their bed. That perpetrator was sentenced to 364 days for filming his airbnb guests. Disturbing to say the least. In the united airlines investigation, the FBI says they also recovered deleted files from that same hidden camera, finding video of an earlier emirates flight which included video of two women. The suspect is expected in court this week. If convicted he faces up to a year behind bars. Wow. All right. Paula, thanks.

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