A Taiwanese American man surnamed Liu (劉) was arrested by airport police yesterday on offenses against privacy for allegedly installing pinhole cameras in the restrooms of a China Airlines (中華航空) aircraft flying from San Francisco to Taipei.
At about 9pm on Saturday, a flight attendant found pinholes below the sink and above the trash can in the restroom of the business class cabin when she was cleaning it.
She hung up a maintenance sign on the door to prevent passengers from entering, and waited to see if any passengers tried to enter the restrooms.
At about 2am yesterday, the flight attendant saw a man in his 50s enter the restroom and found that the pinhole cameras had been torn off after he left, so she informed the pilot and the man was arrested when the plane landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
Police discovered that Liu, a US passport holder, was carrying eight pinhole cameras, hard disks and memory cards.
Liu is suspected of having attempted to secretly film people with hidden cameras. Police have launched an investigation to determine whether there are any victims.
Liu said he was heading to Hong Kong for a meeting and only testing the pinhole cameras, but reportedly admitted that he was taking photographs after the police began viewing the contents of the memory cards.