A federal air marshal was arrested in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday for allegedly taking cell phone photographs up women passengers' skirts. Adam Bartsch, 28, was arrested after another male passenger noticed him taking the inappropriate photos, and wrestled the federal air marshal's cell phone from his hands, according to ABC News2 on Oct. 17.
Passenger Rey Collazo said he first saw Bartsch, who he did not know was an on-duty air marshal, taking the pictures while boarding the plane.
He described how he reached over and grabbed the cell phone from Bartsch. Collazo said he had to twist the phone out of the marshal's hand, and after a short struggle he shoved him back and took the phone away from him.
Collazo notified the flight crew, who in turn called authorities, after first calling Bartsch a "disgrace" to men and human beings.
The federal air marshal was boarding Southwest flight number 3132 to Tampa when he was taken into police custody. He later admitted to snapping 10 to 12 pictures underneath women's skirts at the airport.
"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", read the official statement from the Transportation Security Administration late Thursday.
Authorities said Bartsch confessed he had taken similar photos over a dozen times in the past. The marshal was charged with unlawful photography and released on a $10,000 bond around 9:30 p.m..
Bartsch and his wife currently live in Maryland. He's next due in court November 14.