Airbnb cancels and blocks inauguration week reservations


Airbnb announced Wednesday it is canceling and blocking reservations in the Washington D. C. area during the week of President elect Joe Biden's inauguration, scheduled for January 20. The company said the decision was made "in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C."

It also said it is aware of reports about "armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration."

Guests impacted by the measures will be refunded, and hosts will be reimbursed at the company's expense, according to a press release from the company. Additionally, HotelTonight reservations will also be canceled, as it is owned by Airbnb.

The announcement comes a week after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U. S. Capitol, leading to five deaths. Investigators are now following leads and working cases in more than 30 states related to the attack and to next week's inauguration.

Airbnb said on Monday it was reviewing reservations in the Washington, D. C., area and would bar any guests associated with hate groups or violent activity. It also said... (Read more)

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