Story at a glance
- Journalist Charlie Warzel was sent an Airbnb listing in Montana by a resident, with the listing stating vaccinated guests weren’t allowed.
- The listing cited vaccine shedding from vaccinated individuals as a risk despite it being debunked by the CDC.
- Airbnb has suspended the listing for violating its policies against spreading coronavirus misinformation.
An Airbnb listing in the western Montana woods has been removed by Airbnb after the company says the owners violated listing policies. Offering its guests "a safe place to rest, relax, enjoy nature and the surrounding activities," the listing had one stipulation: no vaccinated people allowed.
The listing went viral after Charlie Warzel, a former BuzzFeed News staffer and New York Times opinion writer, wrote on Twitter that a Montana resident sent it to him asking him to look at it.
A screenshot of the listing’s policies can be seen on Warzel’s Twitter; however, neither he nor Buzzfeed have released the address or identity of the owner, though it was certified to be real by Airbnb.
Was just sent an Airbnb listing for a cabin in western Montana that, uh, only allows NON-vaccinated visitors. The next few months will continue to be fun, I'm sure... pic.twitter.com/UUoIhiVE0f— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) May 24, 2021
"WE ARE RESTRICTING THE CABIN TO NON-COVID VACCINATED GUESTS ONLY," the screenshot of the listing reads. "For the health and safety [of] not only other guests but also ourselves, all COVID vaccinated guests are asked to find another vacation rental that allows vaccinated guests."
The listing goes on to state that it has been “scientifically proven” that the mRNA protein in the vaccine can shed through a vaccinated person’s skin and infect unvaccinated people.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this is false. Vaccine shedding describes the shedding of vaccine components outside of the body, which can only happen if the vaccine used a live virus. “None of the vaccines authorized for use in the United States contain a live virus,” the CDC states.
The owner, only identified as a woman, told Werzel they were using the "honor system” with guests.
"If you say you haven't taken the shots we trust you and you're more than welcome here," she wrote. However, she then walked back her offer following Warzel’s publishing of the listing’s rules and their conversation.
"The cabin is not and will not be available to you. And you know exactly why," the woman wrote. Warzel said he had only inquired to the owner about the policy but never actually requested a stay.
Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit told BuzzFeed News the company suspended the cabin’s listing on Sunday night "for promoting COVID misinformation in violation of our content policy."
Airbnb’s policy forbids its hosts from posting or promoting content that "encourages guests to ignore applicable health or travel advisories" or "includes any health information specific to COVID-19."
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