An air marshal was arrested after an elderly man caught the marshal using his cell phone camera to snap photos of women as they boarded a plane, reports NBC News on Oct. 18. Adam Joseph Bartsch, 28, of Rockville, Md., was arrested after a Tennessee grandfather saw his peeping-tom activity and did something about it.
Bartsch was allegedly sitting in the aisle seat of a Southwest plane that was due to fly from Nashville to Tampa. Fellow passenger Rey Collazo of La Vergne, Tenn. noticed Bartsch, dressed in plain clothes, dropping his cell phone down as women in skirts walked by.
“In my mind I said, ‘I know he’s not taking pictures of the girls as they are going by.’ Next thing I know a lady walked by and the phone went to the aisle and he click, click, click, clicked!” said Collazo.
Collazo, who was seated right next to Bartsch, said he had to grab the phone away from the marshal after Bartsch noticed the elderly man watching him. Collazo said Bartsch tried to destroy the evidence by deleting photos but Collazo yanked the phone away from him and alerted the flight crew.
“He did it at least three or four times,” Collazo said. “After that, that's when I looked at him. I says, 'Man, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.’”
TSA issued a statement regarding their perverted marshal:
"TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior. The agency has removed this individual from his current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating his employment."
Collazo, who only learned after the fact that Bartsch was an air marshal, said: “I have a wife. I have a daughter, and I have a granddaughter. And I have zero tolerance for disrespect to any lady… Taking pictures of ladies without them even knowing that you're doing that? That's bad. I mean, he's a law enforcement officer.”
NBC concluded the story:
“According to a criminal complaint filed in General Sessions Court, Bartsch admitted taking the pictures. After his fellow passenger grabbed his phone, Bartsch ran away — straight into the arms of police.”