Note: Story updated below.
Smile! Urine candid camera!
Acute airport-urinal observer and SnapStream CEO Rakesh Agrawal catches this unlikely warning posted in a men’s restroom at the newish Southwest Airlines terminal at Hobby. The text below the Dept. of Homeland Security logo at the top of the urinal reads:
Automatic infrared flush sensors also provide video monitoring for security purposes.
Hey, you’ll probably want to make sure you . . . uh, “look your best” before you step away then, no? Reports the high-tech exec:
The camera appeared to be in the same panel that carried the flush sensor… a brushed metal panel with an oval shaped dark transparent glass with a red on it. . . .
And this panel was located just above the urinal itself. Given how close the user of the urinal would be to the flush sensor and camera, it’s probably designed to monitor people walking in/out/around the bathroom, not the user of the urinal. But still freaky!
Update, 5/26: A spokesperson for the Houston Airport System comments!
- This is kind of scary!! Video surveillance at the urinal seen at HOU airport… Seriously!?!? #privacy [Natuba, via Twitter]
- Clever solutions (in the bathroom) [Rakesh Agrawal’s Blog]
Photo: Rakesh Agrawal