Politics: Yay! Government's back! Air marshal charged with taking photos up women's skirts

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Friday October 18th, 2013

Dan Calabrese

Up, up and away!

I just want you to feel better. It was so traumatic for you when the government was shut down and you were denied all the wondrous services, benefits, protection and support from the many dedicated servants who wake up each day thinking, "How can I take the tax dollars of the American citizenry and use it to enrich their lives? Oh, the privilege of serving the American people!"

Just kidding. Women, you might want to wear pants when you fly:

A federal air marshal has been arrested and accused of taking cell phone photographs underneath women’s skirts as they boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport.

Nashville police say Adam Bartsch was on duty on Southwest Airline Flight 3132 on Thursday when a witness noticed he was taking the photos and grabbed his cell phone. Police say the witness notified a flight attendant and Bartsch was taken off the flight and charged with disorderly conduct.

The logistics of it have me curious. The report doesn't say if Bartsch was seated, standing in the entrance or maybe even outside the plane as people were boarding. How exactly would you get your camera phone under women's skirts so inconspicuously that they wouldn't notice? You could silence the clicker, but you have to know that you're probably lucky to get away with it once, right? Kudos to the passenger who apparently had the nerve to grab the phone and show it to a flight attendant.

Anyway, a little insight into the thinking of those who are responsible for keeping order on airline flights. Hey. Maybe he was just being really thorough and checking for boxcutters hidden in women's panties. If there's an air marshal's union, I'm sure they'll explore that angle thoroughly, so to speak.

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