Adam Bartsch, 28, a federal air marshal assigned to Southwest Airline’s Flight 3132, was arrested on Oct. 10 after a passenger on that flight witnessed him “using his cellphone to take photographs underneath women’s skirts.” The unsuspecting female flyers were being upskirted by Bartsch as they boarded the plane on Thursday.
MSN News reported that one passenger from that flight, Rey Collazo, wrestled and fought with the air marshal in an attempt to get the cellphone away from him.
Collazo said, "I just reached over with my left hand and grabbed it."
“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. Shoved him back and I took the phone."
Michael Pascarella, the TSA’s Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge, said that air marshal Bartsch “was immediately removed from duty and is in the process of being suspended or fired.”
"TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior," Pascarella said, adding that the TSA is assisting in the investigation.
Bartsch admitted to the Nashville police that he did indeed take at least 12 photographs up women’s skirts, and further admitted to having done so in the past.
Adam Bartsch, a Md. resident, was charged in Nashville with disorderly conduct, and released from jail on $10,000 bond.
He’ll be in court on Nov. 14 to face those charges.
For more on air marshal Adam Bartsch’s arrest, see the video accompanying this article.
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