Naked pilot sues airport hotel for aiding wrongful arrest
Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2020
A United Airlines pilot who had a charge of indecent exposure dismissed is now suing the Denver Airport hotel where it occurred.
Andrew Collins filed a lawsuit against the Westin Denver International Airport.
Collins has already won a settlement from the city of Denver for wrongful arrest and received a $300,000 payout.
Now he is targeting the hotel for being culpable in that wrongful arrest which happened in 2018.
A judge dismissed criminal charges against Collins in March of 2019, but by that time, the wrongful arrest had already led to a six-month suspension for the pilot.
Collins was stood naked speaking on the phone in front of a window in his room during a stopover.
He said he could not see out of the tinted windows but was unaware passers-by could in fact see inside from the main concourse.
One person reported it and police stormed the room with weapons drawn.
The witness said he was ‘fondling himself.’
Collins’ attorney argued that being naked inside a hotel room is not an offense. The charges were later dropped by a judge.
“We are hopeful that the operators of the DIA Westin will acknowledge and remedy the fact this violation occurred with the unfortunate participation and permission of DIA Westin staff,” said attorney Craig Silverman.