Break out the popcorn.
What’s interesting about this video, and the efforts of these two young journalists, Dan Dicks and Ashley Jessica, is that they had all the “usual” arguments thrown at them, and they fielded them quite well and with calmness and maturity.
There were some very interesting moments in there, most notably the officer’s off-hand comment that the Germans had a point. Moreover, this video offers a worthy juxtaposition to Curtis Bob Burns, TSA’s blogger Bob, whose frontal assault on TSA critic, Amy Alkon, was a disgrace to the agency, government and himself.
What struck me about this video is that it appears they not only made their point, but that they were far more persuasive to the police officers who confronted them than the other way around. I picture the cops going home that night and telling their spouses, “you know, those kids had a point.”
Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of trying to push the envelope by confrontation, as it rarely turns out well and no one’s mind is changed. Martyrdom isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
But Dan and Ashley did a great job here. It may not be enough to move the world by itself, but one step at a time. And everyone made it home for dinner that night.