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Porn Aired on Video Ad Screen at Union Station

"With all this new technology comes a lot of things we don't expect"

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    Officials are trying to figure out how porn aired on an advertising video screen at Union Station. News4's Kristin Wright tells what happened. (Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017)

    Pornography appeared on an advertising video screen at Washington's Union's Station on Monday, and officials are trying to figure out why.

    People in the train station spotted the pornographic videos during rush hour Monday evening, said Beverly Swaim-Staley, president and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation.

    The screen in the station's West Hall, near Chipotle, may have been hacked, Swaim-Staley said. It usually displays ads, announcements and a directory of businesses inside the station.

    "With all this new technology comes a lot of things we don't expect," she said.

    The redevelopment corporation has requested information from the company that leases and manages the property, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation. That company did not immediately respond to inquiries.


    According to The Washington Post, which was first to report the story, people walking past the screen noticed the obscene video about 5:30 p.m. People stared and snickered for a few minutes. Finally, a restaurant worker helped get it turned off.

    The rogue screen will stay turned off while Union Station officials work to figure out what happened, Swaim-Staley said. Other similar screens will remain on.