Play TSA! It’s fun — and educational

For everyone who traveled over the holidays, here are reviews of the Playmobil Security Checkpoint.

I was a little disappointed when I first bought this item, because the functionality is limited. My 5 year old son pointed out that the passenger’s shoes cannot be removed. Then, we placed a deadly fingernail file underneath the passenger’s scarf, and neither the detector doorway nor the security wand picked it up. My son said “that’s the worst security ever!”. But it turned out to be okay, because when the passenger got on the Playmobil B757 and tried to hijack it, she was mobbed by a couple of other heroic passengers, who only sustained minor injuries in the scuffle, which were treated at the Playmobil Hospital. The best thing about this product is that it teaches kids about the realities of living in a high-surveillence society.

Another reviewer thinks “this toy would be a lot more realistic with about 350 people standing in line for an average of an hour.”

A third adds:

Thank you Playmobil for allowing me to teach my 5-year old the importance of recognizing what a failing bureaucracy in a ever growing fascist state looks like. . . . Just the other day he asked me why we had to forfeit so much of our liberties and personal freedoms and I had to answer “well, it’s because the terrorists have already won.”

It’s a real toy, though it’s been off the market for five years now.

Via Instapundit.

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  1. To laugh, or to cry, that’s the question. Perhaps they can also put out a Gestapo Fun and Language Learning Kit, where kids can learn useful German phrases like “Papien, bitte!” and “Sind sie ein Jude?”

    Or maybe a 1984 MiniLuv Interrogation Playset. Imagine, a live-action O’Brien action figure with catchphrases like “It will be a world of terror as well as a world of triumph” or “Imagine a Boot Stamping on a face…Forever!” Use your imagination; you too, little Billy, could grow up to be an interrogator in a CIA secret prison. Or train counterinsurgents at the School of the Americas! What fun!

    Absolutely appalling.