Airbnb blocks and cancels all DC metro area reservations, citing reports of ‘armed militias’
Airbnb is blocking all reservations in the Washington, DC metro area during inauguration week after regional officials asked people not to travel to the city due to concerns of additional violence. The company said it was aware of reports “regarding armed militias and known hate groups” attempting to travel to the region to disrupt the inauguration.
Existing Airbnb reservations in the area are being canceled, and Airbnb is blocking any future bookings. Guests will receive full refunds, and Airbnb says it will pay hosts what they would have earned for canceled bookings.
Reservations made through HotelTonight, a hotel reservation site owned by Airbnb, are also being canceled.
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