Published on : Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Houston area woman was flying on the United Airlines flight 646 from San Diego on May 5 and noticed a blinking blue light situated near a door hinge inside.
The device was loosely hanging and she was unsure if the item was a part of the aircraft but she found it to be odd.
The identified female passenger stood up and grabbed the item with a paper towel, walked out of the lavatory and gave it to the flight crew.
The United Airlines security team confirmed it to be a video recording device and the footage revealed a man installing the camera in the plane’s lavatory.
On August 5 in the Southern District of New York an FBI special agent signed an affidavit filed in federal court.
The face was not shown but investigators could identify ‘distinctive jewelry and clothing that matched against the boarding footage obtained by the FBI in San Diego. The individual was identified as Malaysian man Choon Ping Lee.
There were additional photos of two women on a separate lavatory on an Emirates flight as inspected by the FBI in Houston.
Lee was identified as an employee of Halliburton who then contacted the FBI and provided travel information that Lee had flown Emirates for work purposes.
The jewelry observed in the installation video against the jewelry worn by Lee in a real-time image of Lee at work supplied by Halliburton matched.
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