Anyone who has flown on an airplane since the 9/11 terrorist attacks has seen airport security become more invasive. While many parents were able to easily explain to their children why they had to remove their shoes when walking through the metal detector, the Transportation Security Administration had instituted pat-down procedures that even the most articulate parent must find hard to explain.
Perhaps as a way of helping with this delicate task, Germany’s Playmobil introduced the Security Check Point play set. It was priced at just over $50 and, shockingly enough, few people bought it, so it was discontinued. Today, a new set in mint condition sells for more than twice its original retail value on Amazon.com. Visitors to that page are advised to read the comments by customer reviewer “Ann,” who claims to be “holding out for the release of the Guantanamo play set.”