An ex-TUI air hostess has warned holidaymakers to check for hidden cameras in their hotel rooms when they travel. Esther Sturrus, 22, took to TikTok to explain how she scans each hotel room for the devious devices.
In the video, which has amassed around 3.7 million views and around 480,000 likes, Ms Sturrus, originally from the Netherlands, explains what she does when she enters a new room.
She explained: “What I first do when I come into my hotel room now: check for hidden cameras.”
She said she begins by checking the mirrors in her bathroom. She does this by pressing on the glass to see if anything shows up or if there is a band inside it.
After this, Ms Sturrus said she checks the shower and the fire alarm edges using the torch on her phone.
Her final checks include looking around her room, including around and behind the curtains and inside the drawers and TV.
Fellow TikTok users praised Ms Sturrus for the “great tip” after she posted it on the platform.
Many others also left their own tips and hacks they use when they enter a hotel room for the first time. One user said: “My mom has a camera detector device for when we stay in a hotel or Airbnb.”
Another added: “I do too! And for anything else that should not be in the room. Travellers can never be too cautious or aware of your environment.”
Some said they do exactly the same tests as Ms Sturrus, who has also worked for KLM, when they first enter a new room.
One user said they always do the mirror test whilst someone put it simply: “That’s smart.”
Ms Sturrus also shared details of other places she checks such as alarm clocks, clock radios, lamps, lights, smoke detectors, mirrors, and thermostats.
She has also posted details of other hotel tips with her followers, including how to iron outfits when there isn’t an iron, and how to close curtains which won’t shut properly.
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Ms Sturrus has previously shared other uses for a shower cap.
The 22-year-old’s experiences come after four years working as an air hostess. She began her career in 2019.
The reason for checking for the cameras is to ensure she is safe and that her privacy is certain when she uses a hotel room.
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