Dehumanizing The Passenger

Marybeth Hicks predicts that airport altercations are only going to get worse:

The only way for TSA agents to engage in the demoralizing, embarrassing tasks they are being required to perform is to become dehumanized and to project such dehumanization onto those under their scrutiny. They have to learn to view themselves as the authoritarian "we" and the flying public as the submissive "them." Once that happens -- once a police agency of the federal government loses its humanity and also treats the citizenry as subhuman in order to "protect" us from ourselves -- we've lost more than the war on terror. We've lost our liberty to the tyranny of a "safe and secure" police state.