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Online Game Lampoons Airport Security

Air travel hasn't been much fun since 9/11.

Fear, heightened security regulations, long waits and inconvenience are standard features of flying commercially these days.

Fortunately, a new online game may give you a chuckle next time you're queued for the metal detector. Prof. Ian Bogost and his Persuasive Games studio have released Airport Security, a satirical take on ever-changing regulations for air travelers.

In the game players must remove prohibited items such as toothpaste and shampoo from passengers' bags before they reach the security checkpoint. New regulations appear randomly, prohibiting, for example, pants. It only takes a mouse click to remove those as well. You character may be reduced to its underwear, but at least he - or she - will be allowed to pass through security.

Airport Security is chock full of clever touches. Instead of the usual "easy, normal, hard" difficulty levels, for example, players must choose among "fickle, arbitrary and knee-jerk," presumably the security employees' attitude du jour. The airport loudspeaker references the random prohibition of clothing articles with announcements such as "Security fashions are chaging daily. TSA stylists are available for consultation."

On Water Cooler Games, Ian Bogost explains that Airport Security is the first product of a new partnership between Persuasive Games, Shockwave.com and Addicting Games. We look forward to future efforts.

Tags: airport security, ian bogost, persuasive games
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This reminds me of my trip to Florida, I kept setting off the metal detector so they used the portable one. They did it right there in the open. Turns out the ring on my pants was setting it off.
If they're all going to be that fun, then heck yes, they need to keep working with each other.
"New regulations appear randomly, prohibiting, for example, pants. It only takes a mouse click to remove those as well."

Why does that line remind me of Frank from Penny Arcade?
I just played that game a little while ago. And i got to say its its fun and kind of funny. Lol no plush dolls
This looks hysterical!
I'll try to play it sometime I can get Hue off WOWCrack.
Wait till someone makes a game that shows you can look into all the storage units that come off the boats and done without destroying our national security (Imports)....