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Adam Bartsch, Upskirt Air Marshal: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Adam Bartsch is a 28-year-old U.S. air marshal who was arrested at Nashville International Airport on Thursday evening. He is accused of taking pictures up women’s skirts with his cellphone while sitting aboard Southwest flight 3132 from Nashville to Tampa. Bartsch later reportedly admitted to taking 10 to 12 pictures up women’s skirts. You can watch a news report on the story above.

Here is what you need to know about this peeping marshal:


1. He Was on Duty

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Air marshals fall under the jurisdiction of the TSA and ride on flights to keep the peace and enforce laws when need be. Adam Bartsch was on duty when he was caught, removed from the plane, and arrested.

Above are the core values of the TSA and air marshals.


2. A Witness Grabbed His Phone

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According to local ABC station WKRN, a good samaritan named Ray Collazo confronted Bartsch when he witnessed him taking photographs up women’s skirts. Collazo told WKRN:

I just reached over with my left hand and grabbed it, 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. Shoved him back and I took the phone. I looked at the guy and said, ‘Excuse me, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. A disgrace to a human being, to a man, that’s wrong.


3. He Was Charged With Disorderly Conduct

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(Screenshot via WKRN)

He was released on a $10,000 bail later 9:30 p.m. and is due back in court on November 14. Above you can see Bartsch, wearing a plaid shirt and a baseball cap, being released from the police station.


4. The TSA Issued a Statement

Late Thursday afternoon, after Bartsch’s arrest, the TSA issued the follow statement:

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


5. He’s Married and Lives in Maryland

After leaving jail Thursday evening, Bartsch checked into a local hotel. WKRN is reporting that it is not known how or when he will return to his home state of Maryland, where he has a wife and a young child.

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