Fly the Upskirt Skies

Bad Bartsch got busted (Nashville Police Department/AP)

Bad Bartsch got busted (Nashville Police Department/AP)

I guess they will let just anyone be an air marshal these days—including 28-year-old Adam Bartsch, an amateur cell phone photographer with a penchant for “upskirt” photos.

In case you didn’t know, upskirt photos are taken under the skirts of unsuspecting women in the hopes of catching a glimpse of their private parts. Collections of these photographs are posted all over the Internet on endless sites, which have been popular for some time and never seem to go out of style.

Wearing pants on the plane may be best (Q13 Fox)

Wearing pants on the plane may be best (Q13 Fox)

The funny thing is that you never expect the people taking these kinds of photos to be law enforcement officials, but that’s exactly what happened with Bartsch, whose hobby got him into hot water this Thursday.

While on duty aboard a Southwest Airlines flight preparing to depart from Nashville International Airport, Bartsch was spotted using his cell phone to snap pictures under women’s dresses by one of the already-seated passengers. The woman immediately snatched the phone away from him and alerted a flight attendant, who had security remove the kinky air marshal from the plane a few minutes later.

According to police, Bartsch confessed to taking a dozen naughty photos during this incident, but also admitted to a prior incident, which also took place while he was on duty. Needless to say, he was charged with disorderly conduct, held on $10,000 bail and removed from his duties by the Transportation Security Administration—which also plans to terminate his employment soon.

Flight attendants could have prevented this, you know? (upskirt-video.org)

Flight attendants could have prevented this, you know? (upskirt-video.org)

And for what? A handful of upskirt photos he could easily have downloaded online by the hundreds. What a jackass.

Of course, Bartsch isn’t the first law enforcement officer whose perversion led him astray. In April, a former police officer in Lowell, Massachusetts pleaded guilty to using his badge to solicit sex from prostitutes, also while he was on duty. Aravanh Lakmany admitted to more than 20 separate occasions when he would pick up a whore, drive her to a secluded area, and then either pay or force her to have sex with him. Those who complied were even permitted to “work” in his area later without fear of being arrested, and least not by him.

Now this looks like my kind of flight! (mangosucker)

Now this looks like my kind of flight! (mangosucker)

What a scumbag. Fortunately, Lakmany is heading to jail for the next two years and won’t be able to enjoy the company of hookers for a while. What he will get to enjoy, though, is a different kind of company… and not the kind he’s likely to enjoy quite as much.

No one said a career in law enforcement would be easy, but please learn to control your urges, gentlemen. And save the sex-fueled power trips and badge-flashing for the bedroom, would you?

Posted on October 18, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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