United Airlines Pilot Receives Compensation After Arrest For Being Naked In His Own Hotel Room
A United Airlines pilot has been awarded £240,000 ($300k) in compensation after he was arrested for being naked in his own hotel room.
Father-of-three Andrew Collins thought that he was OK to be starkers in the privacy of his hotel room at the Denver International Airport Westin Hotel, but someone spotted him through the window of his room while he was making a phone call.
The person who saw him was so shocked they called the police, who arrived and arrested Collins. They said that he was 'acting inappropriately' and detained him.
However, they've now accepted that they arrested him wrongfully and the aeroplane captain, with 26 years' worth of experience in the air, has been awarded a large amount of compensation by the City of Denver.
During his extensive career, Captain Collins has stayed in more than 2,000 hotels across the length and breadth of the globe.
Needless to say, this is the first and only time he's been arrested for not wearing clothes in one of the rooms.
Collins, understandably, isn't happy with his treatment.
He said: "The DIA Westin needs to make changes to warn hotel guests that the interiors of its hotel rooms do not afford privacy but are in fact visible to unseen people far away in the Denver International Airport terminal.
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"The DIA Westin should take responsibility for its own behaviour... and take appropriate steps to make sure that what happened never happens to another customer."
At the time of the arrest, Collins was staying in a 10th floor room during a turnaround between flights. He also believed that the windows of the hotel were tinted.
Obviously, they were not.
Before his arrest, Captain Collins was about to be elected as the leader of America's largest pilots and aeroplane staff union.
He continued: "My family has had to deal with things they had nothing to do with.
"I have three boys who serve in the United States Air Force. They've had to listen to the jokes of their superiors about their father doing things in front of windows."
Collins' attorney Craig Silverman, added: "A respected family man and outstanding veteran aviator, Captain Collins was the victim of an unjustified and warrantless entry into his hotel room followed by an arrest and days of miserable incarceration.
"The criminal case against Captain Collins was properly dismissed, but not before Captain Collins was suspended for half a year from his job as a direct result of the wrongful charges against him."
Featured Image Credit: Denver Police Dept