Baltimore-based air marshal arrested, admits to taking pictures up women's dresses
By By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun
Oct 18, 2013 | 7:43 PM
A Baltimore-based air marshal was arrested Thursday after allegedly taking cellphone pictures up women's dresses as they boarded a Southwest Airlines flight in Nashville, Tenn., the Transportation Security Administration confirmed Friday.
Adam Joseph Bartsch, 28, was arrested by Nashville International Airport police after a witness grabbed his cellphone and alerted a flight attendant, according to a criminal affidavit in the case.
He was on duty at the time of the incident and "admitted to taking pictures underneath female's dresses and or skirts" after being advised of his Miranda rights by airport police, the affidavit says.
He has been charged with disorderly conduct and is due in court on Nov. 14, according to the affidavit.
Shannon Sumrall, a spokeswoman for the airport, said the incident occurred about 10:30 a.m.
Southwest Flight 3132 was delayed as a result of the incident, according to the affidavit. Chris Mainz, a Southwest spokesman, confirmed that the crew "removed a passenger" from the flight, headed to Tampa, Fla., after a customer brought a concern to their attention.
"We turned the matter over to local law enforcement, and the passenger did not travel as scheduled," Mainz said in an email.
The official task of air marshals is to "detect, deter, and defeat hostile acts targeting U.S. air carriers, airports, passengers, and crews," according to the Federal Air Marshal Service.
Marshals "operate independently without backup" on flights, and are trained to "blend in with passengers" in order to "protect the flying public."