Congress has asked major hotel chains to retain records through the month of January. getty
The U.S. House Oversight Committee is calling upon some of the country’s largest travel companies to be eyes and ears in the fight against domestic terrorism in the run-up to the Presidential Inauguration on January 20.
“The Committee is writing to request your company’s assistance in identifying and preventing the ongoing and extreme threat of further violent attacks in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, over the coming days,” wrote committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
Letters were sent to more than two dozen travel companies, including nine bus companies (Greyhound, Megabus, BoltBus, Lux Bus America, Vamoose, Jefferson Lines, Peter Pan, Flixbus and RedCoach); eight car rental companies (Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, National, Alamo, Budget. Dollar and Thrifty); and 10 hotel and lodging groups (Expedia, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Accor Group, Hyatt, Hilton, Choice Hotels, Marriott, Best Western International, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Extended Stay America)
“Alarmingly, the FBI has now warned that there are ongoing threats of continued violence and armed attacks in Washington, D.C., and around the country, through Inauguration Day, including calls by white supremacist groups for a ‘Million Militia March’ on January 20, 2021,” wrote Maloney, noting that Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has urged Americans to stay away from the nation’s capital until after the inauguration because of the threat of violence.