A pilot who was arrested for “indecent exposure” for walking around his hotel room naked is now suing the hotel the hotel where the incident took place.
The incident occurred in September 2018. United pilot Andrew Collins was at the Westin Denver Airport. Apparently, he was about to step into the shower but received a phone call and took it. While on the call, he walked around his hotel room naked while on the phone. A couple TSA agents noticed him from the hotel courtyard below and phoned the police, stating that he was waving to them and “touching himself”.
Police were called, stormed his room with guns drawn, and escorted him out in handcuffs. He was charged with indecent exposure.
How did this happen in the first place? Westin apparently designed the windows, at least in some rooms or at some times of the day, so that guests could not see out of them, but onlookers outside could look in!
Although the criminal charge against Collins was dismissed in March, he had already served a six-month suspension at United. Now with a tarnished reputation and the butt of many jokes, he sued the City of Denver and was awarded $300,000.
Now he’s suing the Westin. His attorney, Craig Silverman, stated that the Westin hotel “ha[s] not yet acknowledged its misconduct in this matter.” Silverman wants the Westin to warn guests that others may see them from outside and added:
“Captain Collins wants to make sure no future hotel patrons are subjected to the kind of gross abuse he suffered. A hotel room is the equivalent of a person’s home, and warrantless entries are presumptively unconstitutional. Customers’ constitutional rights must be protected.”
That’s a rehash of the police conduct question, which has already been settled. We’re not talking about constitutional rights anymore, but about the hotel’s culpability in installing one-way windows that compromise guest privacy.
In my view, Collins is justified in suing the hotel. Furthermore, it appears the hotel has not even warned guests of this issue, which seems a smart way to set the hotel up for further liability.
(H/T: View from the Wing // image: Marriott)