Married federal air marshal, 28, 'took photos up female passengers' skirts as they boarded a plane'

  • Hero passenger saw Adam Bartsch 'taking photos up women's skirts' in Nashville airport on Thursday and grabbed the phone from his hand
  • Bartsch 'admitted he had taken 10 - 12 photos and that he'd done it before'
  • He has been charged with unlawful photography and was released on bail

By Lydia Warren

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Caught: Adam Bartsch allegedly took 10 to 12 photographs up women's skirts while on duty

Caught: Adam Bartsch allegedly took 10 to 12 photographs up women's skirts while on duty

A married federal air marshal has been arrested after allegedly using a cell phone to take photos up women's skirts as they boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport.

Adam Bartsch, 28, from Rockville, Maryland, was on duty on Southwest Airline Flight 3132 on Thursday when a heroic passenger noticed him taking as many as a dozen lewd photos.

When the witness, Rey Collazo, confronted Bartsch, he allegedly tried to delete the sick photographs - so Collazo reached for 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,' Collazo told WKRN.

'I looked at the guy and said, "Excuse me, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. You're a disgrace to a human being. To a man. That's wrong".'

Collazo then notified a Southwest Airlines flight attendant about the incident and Bartsch was taken off the flight and charged with disorderly conduct, a police report said.

Collazo said he was stunned when a detective called him later that night and revealed that Bartsch, who had been in plain clothes, was an air marshal.

During questioning, Bartsch told authorities that he took between 10 and 12 photographs and said that he had done it before, according to a police report.

Arrest: Bartsch, who is married, is pictured as he leaves the police station in Nashville Thursday night

Arrest: Bartsch, who is married, is pictured as he leaves the police station in Nashville on Thursday night

Shame: He ran from news cameras after being charged with unlawful photography and posting bail

Shame: He ran from news cameras after being charged with unlawful photography and posting bail

The Transportation Security Administration said it is assisting with the investigation and that it takes the matter very seriously.

'TSA does not tolerate criminal behavior,' it said in a statement.

 

'The agency immediately removed this individual from his current duties and is in the process of suspending or terminating his employment.'

Bartsch has been charged with unlawful photography and was released on a $10,000 bond around 9.30pm on Thursday. He is due in court on November 14.

Busted: He was on duty on a Southwest Airlines plane (file picture) when a witness allegedly saw him snapping away up passengers' skirts. The man grabbed the phone and alerted airline staff

Busted: He was on duty on a Southwest Airlines plane (file picture) when a witness allegedly saw him snapping away up passengers' skirts. The man grabbed the phone and alerted airline staff

He remained in Nashville overnight and it is not clear when he will be returned to Maryland, where he lives with his wife. Neighbors told WKRN they were stunned to hear of his arrest.

'He seemed like a nice guy,' one said. 'Every time I saw him he looked real calm. We'd briefly talk and that was it.'

Southwest Airlines said the flight to Tampa, Florida was not delayed by the incident.

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his new job at the tsa will be checking xray photos

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Idiot could have gone to the beach.

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Every day, another story about misconduct at TSA. Every day, TSA trots out another standard excuse.

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Yebbut someone decided he was stable enough to carry a firearm in a confined space at 30, 000 ft

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It's a government supplied phone also.

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Divorce! Creep....!!!

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This guy is carrying a gun around and onto airplanes! OMG

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Idiot!

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Air Marshal? Yeah right. Just another hack with a gun and badge.

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you're fired.

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