A year and a half ago police stormed the Westin Denver airport room of a United Airlines pilot, arresting him for dancing, gyrating and waiving” naked in front of the TSA screening checkpoint below the window of his room.
Police entered with guns drawn. He was naked. He took a phone call, he said, just as he was about to get into the shower. It turns out that,
- You cannot see out the hotel room window at the people below
- But they can see into the room
Criminal charges were dismissed. He served a six month suspension from his job at United and became a national news story. Back in November he received a $300,000 settlement from the city, which owns the hotel.
Now he’s suing the hotel itself. He says the hotel has “not yet acknowledged its misconduct in this matter” and his privacy rights were violated by the hotel’s design.
Silverman also said the hotel at DIA needs to make changes alerting guests staying at the hotel that the rooms “do not afford privacy but are in fact visible to unseen people far away in the Denver International Airport terminal.”
He said hotel operators need to take responsibility for what happened and make sure that what happened to the United Airlines pilot never happens to any other customer at The Westin Denver International Airport.
Westin Denver International Airport, Credit: Marriott
The city paid up. They designed the hotel. Law enforcement should pay up, too, there’s absolutely no reason to have stormed the pilot’s hotel room with guns drawn just because his ammunition was pointed at the TSA. And I agree that the hotel operator should have been aware and warned guests “don’t stand naked in from of the window.” On the other hand I’m not sure how many bites at the apple the pilot ought to get here.
It’s rather shocking that this issue at the property still hasn’t been addressed though. There may be people hanging it all out for the security checkpoint to see on a daily basis, or at least there will be again once travel returns to normal.