According to the Transportation Security Administration’s blog (yes, they have a blog), last January agents confiscated the following:
- A fully gassed-up chainsaw.
- A 350,000-volt stun gun disguised as a tube of lipstick.
- A machete.
- 20 firearms, 13 of which were loaded.
- A 4-inch steak knife concealed in a shoe, and many more.
Terrified yet? As much criticism as the TSA receives, there is no doubt that they prevent many dumb passengers from carrying illicit items aboard aircraft. Of course, they miss things from time to time, but that’s a different story.
Allow the game developer 11 bit studios to calm your nerves. Their new mobile game Funky Smugglers puts you in charge of the x-ray scanners where you must confiscate harmful items from suspicious-looking characters all to the tune of groovy dance music. You know, if airports blasted funk music over the speakers instead of those droning security announcement, I’ll bet people would be in better moods while removing their shoes and emptying their pockets.
It doesn’t look like there’s any racial profiling going on in this game. That’s a good thing. Players must guard against old grannies, big galoots and people with curious hats. The kind of people you wouldn’t expect to be terrorists. But hey, a machete is a machete, no matter who is carrying it.
But not everyone is packing heat. The gameplay speeds up and perfectly innocent people pass through the scanners carrying harmless items, forcing you to juggle the knives and the bombs from less terrifying carry-ons.
And there’s funky dance music! How much more unique does it get?