Adam Joseph Bartsch — a federal air marshal for the United States — was arrested yesterday morning after being caught by an eyewitness allegedly photographing up the skirts of female passengers with his mobile telephone as they boarded an airplane operating as Southwest Airlines flight 3132 at Nashville International Airport, according to a report by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
The unidentified eyewitness reportedly grabbed the telephone from the 28-year-old Bartsch — who was on official duty at the time — and notified a flight attendant. Bartsch was arrested as he boarded the aircraft, whose destination was Tampa. He was charged with disorderly conduct; but was later released on bond — which was set at $10,000.00 — and is due to appear in court on November 14, 2013.
Bartsch was reportedly removed from duty immediately and is purportedly in the process of being suspended or fired from his position as federal air marshal.
According to a statement provided by officials at Southwest Airlines, “We removed a passenger from Flight No. 3132 from Nashville to Tampa prior to departure due to a Customer concern that was brought to our attention. We turned the matter over to local law enforcement, and the passenger did not travel as scheduled. The rest of the passengers and crew continued on to Tampa as scheduled.”
David Castelveter — spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA — reportedly said via an official statement that the “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. TSA is cooperating fully with investigators.”
The official record of the arrest of Bartsch should appear here by Monday, October 21, 2013 — if not sooner.
FlyerTalk members are taking every opportunity to poke fun at this unfortunate incident — which, coincidentally, occurred at the same airport where Andrea Abbott was arrested back in August of 2011 in response to her reaction regarding the controversial “pat-down” of her daughter, who was 14 years old at the time.