Body cam footage has been released showing the arrest of a United pilot for indecent exposure at the Westin within Denver International Airport.
Back in November we reported that United pilot Andrew Collins, 54, had been charged with indecent exposure after a TSA agent informed police that he saw him touching himself and waving at him from his 10th floor Westin room. The pilot is not disputing the fact that he was standing in the window naked, but he claims that he was not waving or “parading” on purpose, despite multiple witness accounts to the contrary according to the Denver Post. The Denver police dispute his account and say that he not only exposed himself to the TSA agent, but to two other United employees and a passenger.
The Captain says he was simply exhausted after being up for over 30 hours due to a thunderstorm across the country and was chatting on the phone. The next thing he knew, police arrived armed with guns and escorted him out of the room in handcuffs.
Collin’s attorney is now sharing his defense with the public as well, telling The Denver Post:
It is certainly not a crime to be naked in Denver in one’s lawful dwelling, which includes lawful occupancy of one’s own hotel room. There is zero reference to any evidence, because there is no such evidence, that the naked man in Room 1017 did anything with the intent to arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person, which is essential to the crime of indecent exposure. When Captain Collins asked Officer K. Coleman why he was being arrested, Coleman said he was being arrested for lewd acts and indecent exposure, and wrongly claimed there were incriminating photographs.
United says that the pilot has been removed from duty pending an internal review. This particular pilot was running for president of the Air Lines Pilots Association and is married to a flight attendant.
The pilot is speaking out now as well:
I was getting ready for a shower and was talking on the phone. It was a beautiful morning and I opened the curtains to my window. I couldn’t see the terminal.