Via the USA Today article:
WASHINGTON — Screeners at the nation’s airport checkpoints are going to start wearing police-style badges — but real officers aren’t too happy about it.
Some sworn officers fear airline passengers will mistake screeners for law-enforcement officials with arrest powers.
The attire aims to convey an image of authority to passengers, who have harassed, pushed and in a few instances punched screeners. “Some of our officers aren’t respected,” TSA spokeswoman Ellen Howe said.
A.J. Castilla, a screener at Boston’s Logan Airport and a spokesman for a screeners union, is eager to get a badge. “It’ll go a long way to enhance the respect of this workforce,” he said.
I think the article speaks for itself, especially the last paragraph. You can’t force someone to respect you, it’s earned. When will the TSA learn?