Expedia Blocks Vrbo Reservations Around Washington as Inauguration Day Approaches
By Dave Sebastian
Expedia Group Inc. on Tuesday said it is blocking new
reservations on its Vrbo vacation-rental site through Friday in and
around Washington, a precautionary measure ahead of President-elect
Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday after a mob of supporters of
President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.
The move follows a similar action by home-sharing company Airbnb
Inc. last week.
Expedia on Monday said it would refund reservations in the
Washington metro area and all U.S. state capitals through Jan. 24
if the site cancels it for security concerns, or if the host or
traveler chooses to do so.
The online-travel agency said it is screening and
cross-referencing all lodging and air bookings through Jan. 24
multiple times a day against a list provided by government agencies
to ensure those arrested in connection with the Capitol attack and
other individuals identified as persons posing a threat to homeland
security aren't booking on its platform.
The company said it has been in touch with the D.C. Homeland
Security and Emergency Management Agency, members of the D.C. City
Council and representatives from other government agencies.
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