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Hidden Camera Found in Cruise Ship Stateroom

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A Florida couple found a hidden camera in the stateroom of a cruise ship. (Vchalup/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 29 October 2018 12:13 PM

A hidden camera was found inside the room of a Carnival Cruise ship, a Florida couple said in an interview to air on Monday's episode of "Inside Edition."

Chris and Dana White said they were shocked to find the recording device, which was hooked up among TV wires and pointing toward their bed, during a three-day Caribbean cruise from Alabama to Mexico last October aboard the Carnival Fantasy.

"We were just really flabbergasted that there's a camera in the room and it's plugged up and it's working," Chris White told Inside Edition. "I was thinking, 'I can't believe this is actually happening to us,'" he added.

The couple notified employees, who dismantled the device, but Dana White said they felt like "their privacy had been invaded."

Carnival issued a statement to Inside Edition, noting that a full investigation had been conducted and that a "video transmitter" had been found in the room but "it was not connected to an electrical source and not capable of recording."

Chris White insisted that it was a camera that was wired up and working.

"It was warm to the touch," he said.

The cruise liner told USA Today that it was a "unique and unusual occurrence," adding that it was "unclear who or why this transmitter was placed in the guest's stateroom."

Carnival said the device had been turned over to FBI for further inspection and assured that measures had been taken "so that this sort of situation does not happen again."

The ordeal highlights a growing concern among U.S. residents but, according to Time, it is not a common occurrence.

However, this does not stop rogue employees from hiding small camera devices in rooms, and it is not that difficult to get away with.

"Assuming someone has access to the room before and after the customer uses it, I think it's quite easy because there are many devices available to the public that can be inserted into a room and retrieved after," said Christopher Falkenberg, president of Insite Risk Management, a security-consulting firm.

Despite this, the risk is "quite limited," and Falkenberg's company "fairly infrequently" comes across secret cameras.

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