On Thursday, US Air Marshal, Adan Bartsch, 28 of Maryland was taken into custody at Nashville International Airport after a passenger caught Bartsch appearing to look up a woman's dress. It is unclear if the female victims were standing or sitting and at what angle Barsch's point of view was at the time of the incident. At the time, Bartsch was engaged in the use of his cell phone. Reportedly, Rey Collazo, a passenger on the plane, witnessed the act in what was believed to have used his phone to record or take still pictures up another passenger's dress. Rey Collazo approached Barsch and confronted him. Collazo grabbed the phone from Barsch as he was attempting to delete the photos/videos. Collazo reported the incident to a flight attendant.
According to WKRN-News in Nashville, Collazo and Bartsch fought over the phone.
"I 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. I looked at the guy and said, Excuse me; you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You are a disgrace to a human being and to a man. That's wrong."
-- Rey Collazo
At the time, passengers were not aware that Bartsch was an undercover Air Marshal and just assumed he was a regular passenger. Rey Collazo told WKRN that he was surprised when police detectives called him to discuss the incident and to advise that he was an Air Marshal.
If Barsch was innocent, then why didn't he attempt to arrest the passenger who stole his phone? The incident occurred on Southwest Airline flight 3132 as the passengers were boarding the flight. Apparently, Barsch was deplaned and charged with disorderly conduct. The TSA is investigating the incident and has suspended Barsch pending the conclusion of the investigation. Barsch likely faces termination as an Air Marshal. At the very least, he should be charged with lewd conduct. According to WKRN, Bartsch admitted to taking 10-12 photos when he was caught and that he also admitted that was not his first time.