A United Airlines pilot was arrested and taken to jail after witnesses reported a naked man standing in a 10th floor hotel room facing Denver Airport’s outdoor plaza. The captain admits standing unclothed in his room, but insists that he was completely unaware that he was visible to air travelers below.
A United Airlines captain was caught out of uniform in a room at the Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport (DEN). The off-duty pilot was handcuffed and taken away by airport police on September 20, after travelers in the main terminal reported that a naked man was allegedly strutting about in front of one of the hotel’s 10th floor windows.
According to an arrest report, first obtained by Denver ABC affiliate KMGH, the pilot was charged with indecent exposure, noting, “The suspect did open the window to his hotel room, which overlooks the hotel plaza, and in full view of the public did stand in his window fully nude, exposing himself and his genitalia to the general public.” For his part, Captain Andrew Collins admits looking out the window while in the buff, but says there was absolutely nothing lewd about his actions and he was not aware that he could be seen by passengers inside the terminal.
“I was getting ready for a shower and was talking on the phone,” Collins told the Denver Post.“It was a beautiful morning and I opened the curtains to my window. I couldn’t see the terminal.”
According to the 54-year-old’s attorney, while the window in question is visible from the terminal, the terminal isn’t easily seen from the room, leading the veteran pilot to believe he had more privacy than was actually the case. A TSA employee, however, told police that the pilot could be clearly seen “touching himself” and waving at the officer. Collins calls the accusation absurd.
“Some witnesses said I was dancing, gyrating and waving,” he told the newspaper. “I’m completely innocent. It’s really unfortunate that it happened at all.”
Police say that eyewitnesses, including two fellow United Airlines employees and the TSA officer, gave “credible” accounts of the incident that seem to contradict the captain’s version of events. According to the airline, Collins has been suspended from duty pending an investigation. He is scheduled to face a judge on December 5.
Should the captain beat the rap in Denver, he might want to consider changing bases. While his alleged actions are frowned upon in Colorado, New Yorkers seem to have a much, much, more live-and-let-live attitude towards what hotel guests do behind locked doors – at least at one particular Manhattan property.