A year ago police stormed the hotel room of a United Airlines pilot. He was staying at the Westin attached to the Denver airport, and they accused him of waving naked at the TSA below from this room’s window.
Police entered his room with guns drawn and he was taken into custody. The pilot was accused of “dancing, gyrating and waiving” naked at people below.
He was indeed naked – he admits that. He said he was getting into the shower when he took a phone call. Apparently, according to the pilot’s attorney, you cannot see out the window at the people below but they can see into the room.
While criminal charges were dismissed back in the spring, he served a six month suspension from the airline and became a national news story. He’s now received a $300,000 settlement because he clearly did nothing knowingly inappropriate, the city (which owns the hotel) designed it poorly, and he suffered as a result.
While the city is paying out the settlement, law enforcement should be on the hook here too as there’s absolutely no reason to have stormed a hotel room with guns drawn over a non-violent incident.
Mental note: if forced to stay at the Westin Denver due to weather or other irregular operations, keep shades closed.