Prepare to be totally skeeved and appalled. A federal air marshal was arrested yesterday morning at Nashville International Airport after being caught using his phone to take 10 to 12 upskirt photos of female passengers boarding a plane, according to police. Ewwww!
The air marshal, 28-year-old Adam Bartsch, was on duty when a witness noticed what was going on, grabbed Bartsch's cellphone, and immediately notified a Southwest Airlines flight attendant. In turn, airport police removed Bartsch from the flight and took him into custody where he was charged with disorderly conduct and held on a $10,000 bail. Ughhh. He admitted this wasn't the first time he had done this, according to the police report. Gross.
I'm actually pretty impressed that law enforcement moved so quickly on this. Sounds like there was no messing around! But maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. Bartsch's alleged behavior is a complete embarrassment to the TSA and reflects so poorly on the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS).
They know it too! The TSA made a point to release a statement that they're assisting authorities with the investigation:
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.
That's the good news, I guess ... (If you can even call it that.) The bad news is that this incident will most definitely make female passengers feel vulnerable and at risk of being violated in a completely creepy way. Who should have to board a plane thinking they may have to contend with a peeping tom?! Who is working for the government, nonetheless? Uck!
Well, perhaps we can take heart in the thought that it was hopefully just an isolated event and Bartsch is just one sick puppy who will be rightfully punished for his utterly inappropriate behavior!
How does this nasty news leave you feeling?