Major hotels giving panic buttons to staff nationwide

September 06, 2018 - 11:01 am

Tens of thousands of U.S. hotel employees will soon carry panic buttons to help protect them from harassment.

Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt are among more than a dozen hotel chains providing the devices and harassment training by 2020. The American Hotel and Lodging Association says more than 18,000 U.S. hotels are expected to participate.

The devices will vary. In newer hotels with Wi-Fi they might automatically send the employee's location to security officers. In an older or smaller hotel they might emit a loud shriek.

In most cases they will be given to staff whose jobs require them to work alone.

Some cities, including New York, Seattle and Chicago, already require the devices. The new agreement will bring them nationwide. Hotel companies say they're considering expanding the devices globally.