There were lots of lists of "best jobs for _____." Here are some examples:
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I'm not sure whether the priesthood in the Catholic church is a good job option for abusers any longer, plus it takes a lot of preparation to get those jobs.
Prison guards and nursing home jobs also give opportunities for abusers to take advantage of vulnerable people.
And TSA now must be seen as one of the best options. In the others, the abuser tendencies are not sanctioned and are grounds for dismissal and criminal prosecution if discovered. But at TSA, they are official policy. And for the exhibitionist abuser there's a bonus to abusing people openly in a public place.
Sarcasm Alert: I learned teaching that not everyone gets sarcasm. I remember one class where the students kept telling a classmate, "He's being sarcastic. He doesn't really mean it." I mention it here because while it might appear I'm taking this lightly, I'm not. This is serious stuff. And while I'm confident that most TSA workers are upstanding employees who are only trying to do their difficult jobs well, there are TSA workers who enjoy touching people's "junk" and otherwise humiliating them.
But why are the normal TSA workers willing to rub their hands in the groins and on the breasts of elderly women and men who clearly are not terrorists? I suspect that for the normally non-abuser TSA employee, the Stanford Prison Experiment is relevant here.
In that controversial experiment, Dr. Philip Zimbardo set up a mock prison using Stanford students who had been chosen because of their emotional and psychological stability. They were divided into prisoners and guards. They very quickly got into their roles and the guards were soon abusing the prisoners so that six days into the two week experiment it had to be called off. Dr. Zimbardo explains what happened - with footage of the experiment - in the YouTube video I found posted by mr1001nights.
I'd note there has been a lot of criticism about the ethics of this experiment which is addressed in the Stanford Prison Experiment link.
I would guess the same dynamics work out with TSA workers. They get into their roles and learn to believe that passengers should obey them and that groping them is very appropriate behavior and if passengers resist, they probably deserve punishment. The TSA workers have an added incentive - their paychecks and perks, which they would lose if they protested their orders.
So, even if all the TSA employees were psychologically and emotionally well adjusted when they began their jobs, if the Stanford Prison Experiment lessons are valid here, they would fall into abusive roles.
Milgram experiment had a similar result - where people off the street are found to give greater and greater electric shocks (or so they think) to learners who miss the questions. Unlike in the Stanford experiment, Milgram's 'learners' were actors who were not actually being shocked. But Milgram's experiment demonstrated how normal people would stray way beyond the bounds of appropriate behavior if told to do so by an authority. YouTube has footage of the Milgram experiments too.
I think the TSA workers have similarly strayed way beyond acceptable behavior in their intrusive pat-downs of people who have absolutely nothing to link them to terrorism except that their artificial hips set off the metal detector or their mastectomies looked strange in the scanner.