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Published on December 19, 2023
Airbnb Targets Potential NYE Disruptions in San Diego with High-Tech ScreeningSource: Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Scalable Grid Engine, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

As New Year's Eve inches closer, Airbnb is deploying artificial intelligence to halt disruptive celebrations, targeting properties in bustling locales such as San Diego. This tech-savvy crackdown is poised to screen and curb high-risk bookings, potentially sparing neighborhoods from unruly gatherings.

The rental platform's AI will examine variables like the length of stay, guest proximity to the listing, the type of property, and the timing of the booking to identify bookings that could signal trouble—a move Airbnb hopes will dampen the din of unauthorized parties. Last year, such measures reportedly led to thousands of thwarted party attempts globally over New Year’s Eve. The company witnessed a 73% plummet in party incidents across the UK alone, signaling the system's efficacy in keeping the peace.

This year, heightened restrictions will be enforced in multiple countries, including the United States, Canada, and parts of Europe and Australia. Specifically, short-term, entire home reservations that smack of party prospects are the AI's target—the algorithm will block these reservations outright. Amidst the digital tightening of policy, those looking to welcome 2024 with a rage may find their plans nixed by an algorithm's scrutiny.

"The aim of the system is to try to identify one, two, and three-night booking attempts for entire home listings over the holiday weekend that could be potentially higher-risk for a disruptive and unauthorized party incident and block those bookings from being made," Airbnb noted in a directive. By filtering out certain reservation requests based on these meticulously crafted criteria, Airbnb is doubling its commitment to house tranquility over turmoil as the calendar flips.

Times of San Diego shared details about the platform's initiative, highlighting the technological measures to deter would-be revelers from breaching the peace.