A Taiwanese-American man was arrested by airport police for allegedly installing a pinhole camera in the restroom of a China Airlines plane flying from San Francisco to Taiwan.
While repairing the tap in a business-class restroom after an eight-hour flight, one of the male cabin crew members found the pinhole camera between the trash bin and the wall. After taking out the memory card, the cabin crew hung up a maintenance sign to prevent other passengers from entering and becoming the next victims of the perv’s device.
After a few hours, flight attendants saw 51-year-old Liu entering the restroom and found that the camera had been torn off after he left. The flight attendants then informed the captain, and the man was arrested when the plane landed at the Taoyuan International Airport.
Upon his arrest, he was found to be in possession of six pinhole cameras including memory cards and hard discs with secretly filmed footage of five passengers and a female cabin crew member.
He admitted to taking candid images only after the confiscated memory card was presented to him. He then claimed that he was only “testing” the pinhole cameras and not taking candid images on purpose.
Liu denied assistance from the American Institute in Taiwan, as he didn’t want his wife and children who were staying in the US to know about the issue.
Well-known Hong Kong detective Cheung Tai Wai said that it’s surprisingly easy for people to buy pinhole cameras in the streets nowadays, as they’re manufactured for cheap in China.
Since Liu commonly travels for business, police suspect he’s pulled similar stunts on previous flights. Taiwanese Lawyer Zheng Ke Sheng said that it was the first case in Taiwan of people taking candid images in flight restrooms.
[Images Via The Sun]
By Jennifer Hui