A federal air marshal was arrested in Tennessee after allegedly using his cellphone to take pictures up passengers’ skirts as they boarded a plane.
A passenger who was boarding a Southwest flight at Nashville International Airport reportedly noticed what Adam Bartsch was doing and he grabbed the phone away from the air marshal.
"I just reached over with my left hand and grabbed it, struggled with him a little bit and I got the better part of the phone and twisted and hit him with my right hand between the neck and the shoulder. Shoved him back and I took the phone," Rey Collazo told WKRN-TV.
The 28-year-old Bartsch was removed from the flight and taken into police custody. He reportedly admitted to taking 10 to 12 pictures up women's skirts and apparently also told police he had taken similar photos more than a dozen times in the past.
"TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior. The agency immediately removed this individual from his current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating his employment. TSA continues to assist with the investigation," the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement.
WJLA reports that Virginia Buckingham ran Boston's Logan International Airport during September 11. She’s a big fan of the air marshals, but finds this crime very disturbing.
"After 9/11, no one, I think, takes the threat more seriously than the Federal Air Marshal Program, so I give them incredible kudos, so I find this abhorrent behavior."
Bartsch, who is married and lives in Maryland, is charged with disorderly conduct. He was released from jail on $10,000 bond and is due in court next month.