A motel located near Area 51 has received an unusually high number of bookings on the night of the viral ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook event.
Co-owner of the Little A’Le’Inn in Nevada, Connie West, has said there’s been a high level of interest on September 20, the night of the Facebook event.
Ms West said she hasn’t seen this much excitement in the 31 years she’s owned the motel.
According to the Little A’Le’Inn room calendar, there’s no rooms or RV spots available on both the 19th and 20th of September – a rare event for the remote motel.
Little A’le’Inn is even advertising the Facebook event on their website.
“Come and sit back and watch the fun”, the website says.
One employee at a non-alien themed motel said there had been inquiries about rates on the night of September 20, but still have plenty of vacancies, according to Yahoo News.
Many other hotels in the area said they have not had an increase in demand of rooms the night of the raid.
‘Let’s see them aliens’
The ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook event currently has 1.7 million people ‘going’ and another 1.2 million people are ‘interested’.
The pinned post on the Facebook event suggests there needs to be a plan for the “storming”.
“If we Naruto run,” reads the event page, referencing an anime meme of running with your head forward and arms back, “we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”
One person detailed a full coordinated plan, with different groups.
The Facebook user has added a ‘P.S.’ for the United States government.
“Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan,” the post said.
“I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet.”
The post has over 120,000 ‘thumbsy uppies’, or likes, currently.
US military taking the event seriously
Classification policy and national security expert Steven Aftergood, said the idea of storming Area 51 was a “social media concoction”, doubting many people would actually turn up to the site.
“Those that try to reach it will find that it is remote, rugged and quite far removed from public roadways,” Mr Aftergood told Yahoo News.
“People will need plenty of water, good health insurance, and possibly a lawyer.”
Of course many people ‘going’ to the event won’t actually go to Area 51 and are just there “for the memes”, however the US military is not joking around and is aware of the Facebook post.
“Any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged,” Staff Sgt. Joshua Kleinholz of Nellis Air Force Base said, which oversees the area that includes Area 51.
“Just like any military installation, there are different levels of security, depending on what has been picked up and what has been detected. And, obviously, the degree of response may escalate depending upon the perceived threat.”
Area 51 has only been confirmed as a flight testing facility, however whistleblowers have alleged alien technology has been worked on near the site.
According to offical documents, Area 51 was developed by the CIA in the 1950s.
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