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January 30, 2007
Airport Security Game
Play online; see if you can keep up with the ever-changing arbitrary rules.
Posted on January 30, 2007 at 2:22 PM
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Smartfilter blocks this site as "Games/Cartoon Violence". Nice to know that adults need to be protected from such things in the workplace.
Enjoyed the vid ad for the spray stuff more.
My second try I got booted out when the queue length got too long, which is unrealistic. After all, REAL screeners don't care what the length of the queue is.
"Enjoyed the vid ad for the spray stuff more."
Now that's what I'd call a DDoS ;) - and what a service it would be.
it doesn't seem to work for me. I get to what I assume is supposed to be a start screen with a white box that has smaller gray boxes inside it (buttons?) but there is no text and nothing to click on. =(
Firefox 220.127.116.11, Gentoo GNU/Linux, netscape-flash-7.0.68
Come on, people. Have a little faith in our leaders. Airport security only looks arbitrary, which is what makes it effective. It's actually a very carefully conceived and exquisitely coordinated operation designed to confuse the enemy and always keep one step ahead of him.
Mocking or criticizing the very serious and highly efficient methods our government deploys to keep us safe from those who seek to do unspeakable evil only emboldens the enemy. That's exactly what the unpatriotic scum who made this game are doing. It's a very serious offense against our values. They must truly hate America. Perhaps they're al-Qaeda propagandists seeking to destroy American morale and unity. You should not link to them.
When you go to the airport, do not look at the TSA's security program as arbitrary. That's what liberals who hate America want you to think. Rather, be grateful for everything the Transportation Security Officers are doing to keep you and the Homeland safe from unspeakable evil. You may not understand the reasons behind the essential steps they are taking, but be confident that the vigilant people who have access to classified intelligence have put everything into place as the most effective way to deal with a constantly changing threat. All of this must necessarily be classified to avoid aiding the enemy, but be assured that if you were privy to the classified intelligence you would agree that every aspect of airport security is essential and highly effective. Strict secrecy is the most effective defense against the terrorist enemy, and our leaders are committed to keeping us safe.
Rather than joining liberals who insist on chasing phantoms of lost liberties, patriotic loyal Americans will have complete trust and confidence in everything our leaders do to protect our freedom. And when you're at the airport, it would be a good idea to show your appreciation by thanking the Transportation Security Officer for doing a fine job keeping us safe and secure.
God bless America. Viva Bush!
@Dick: That would have been funny, if it wasn't so believable.
@Dick: No I think you miss the greater threat here. Namely that by building online simulators for airport security the authors are facilitating Terrorist training.
Just imagine the carnage after Bin Ladin's boys get through a week of "playing" this training tool, and fly here to the US and play it for real, but with deadly ernest... Thank god were safely protected by the no-fly list.
I say - off to Guantanamo for all developers that dare mock the government, wait I meant, umm... that write code in an unamerican way... yeah thats it.
Maybe Macromedia Flash should be put alongside strong encryption as a weapon?It is aiding terrorists in their nefarious plans!
I didn't play it long enough to encounter any cute children (or terrorists) singing show tunes as a distraction. Does the game eventually simulate that? :-)
>...[H]ave complete trust and confidence in everything our leaders do to protect our freedom.
Only in the leaders of *my* party. That other party's leaders want the terrorists to win.
TSA kept the world safe from my yogurt and peanut butter, but only after allowing the peanut butter on the first leg of my trip.
Everyone clearly knows that peanut butter is less evil than yogurt. I mean seriously, with a name like yogurt you are only a small hop away from several "suspicious" sounding names like falafel, hummus, and the feared baba ghanoush. Clearly such a threat could not be permitted.
The peanut butter was however flagged and processed onto the no-fly list for it's close association with yogurt and was successfully stopped on the next leg for its subversive behaviors and associations.
"Airport security only looks arbitrary, which is what makes it effective."
FWIW, A TSA screener recently told me that the arbitrariness of it all was, in fact, by design.
" And when you're at the airport, it would be a good idea to show your appreciation by thanking the Transportation Security Officer for doing a fine job keeping us safe and secure.
Do that, and you're likely to find yourself under interrogation for attempting to create a diversion.
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