Skip to comments.'Security Theater'? TSA Confiscates Woman's Frosted Cupcake
Posted on 12/25/2011 9:31:55 PM PST by Dallas59
A Massachusetts woman who flew home from Las Vegas this week says an airport security officer confiscated her frosted cupcake because he thought its vanilla-bourbon icing could be a "security risk."
Rebecca Hains told ABCNews.com today that a Transportation Security Administration agent at Las Vegas- McCarran International Airport seized her cupcake, saying the frosting sitting atop the red velvet cake was gel-like enough to violate regulations.
The incident took place Wednesday.
Hains, a teacher, said the cupcake was a gift from one of her students. She was traveling with her husband and toddler, and thought her young son might get hungry on the long trip home.
The cupcake was packaged in a glass container with a metal lid, which was why it attracted the attention of the scanner in the first place.
The TSA agent didn't know what to do with the cupcake, so she called over her supervisor, Hains said.
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“Hey lady, that cupcake looks like the bomb!”
Forget gel ICING. What about what might be inside any cake? Or almost any thing?
Bomb sniffing dogs are needed like, yesterday.
So why didn’t she just eat it?
She should have worn a headscarf-—then they would have let her through security no questions asked and intact cupcake too.
TSA is just another make-work government union.
"Don't point that thing it might be loaded" - W.C. Fields
In a somewhat saner day they probably would have asked her to take a bit of the “gel” on a toothpick and do just that.
And to think if she’d brought it in Tupperware or a used Cool-Whip tub (plastic lid) the gropeaholics would have been unlikely to care.
When cupcakes are outlawed, only outlaws will wield cupcakes.
When I do fly, it’s because I’m on the clock for my job for at least $40. Other than that, I’ll take a multi-day road trip before flying anywhere. I used to fly from Salt Lake to Denver with my wife to visit her sisters. But since flying only saves 2-3 hours and carries a lot more aggravation, we just drive it now.
Oops, I meant “$40/hr”.
You work cheap.
Its only a cupcake.. STFU and get on the plane..
This story was the icing on the cake for not flying. :-)
See #10. Oops, that was supposed to be per hr unless I’m on overtime.
She probably would have been arrested for "destruction of evidence."
“So why didnt she just eat it?”
Just to make sure the TSA “agent” didn’t have it for a snack, I’d have spit on it before handing it over.
I figured it was either per hour or $400 fee.....
I have considered wearing a turban and carrying a Koran prominently displayed, so I could sail through.
Tampering with evidence.
For personal travel, I'd easily drive 15-16 hrs rather than fly. Wouldn't even give it a second thought. I have driven as far as 33 hrs rather than fly. I'm not sure I would choose to fly anymore.
Or doesn't that just take the icing?
Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake
Thank God there was no candle.......
*Bourbon*-vanilla flavor? For the kid? Really?
Another example of the IQ of TSA.
While these morons in TSA confiscate cupcakes, some real terrorist is going to end up smuggling a nuke into the country. What a waste of taxpayers’ money. What a waste of effort... unless the government’s purpose is to raise the ire of the public, in which case incidents like this are done to perfection.
Typical Rent-A-Cops (TSA and others) have IQs slightly higher than that of turtles. That’s why most of them make a little over minimum wage (other than those paid by taxpayer money (ie..the government).
Rational thinking, common sense, and knowledge of the laws are definitely NOT required for their jobs.
They probably have already. While all this Kabuke is going on, the open southern border makes the average open barn door look like a mousehole.
For years, our “home” airport was LAX and dealing with the TSA agents there was slightly worse than a having a root canal — truly. I’d dread for days the thought of going through Security.
Now, our primary airport is Knoxville, and TSA people are generally kind, decent, and intelligent. We’ve found this to be true of the smaller airports we frequent. At the risk of sounding bigoted, in areas where minorities are in the majority, the TSA agents are worse — including turtle-like IQs.
Questions 1 thru 4 on the Application form to become a TSA rep:
1. Do you know what using "Common Sense" is?
2. Can you spell "Logic?"
2. Do you know who your parents are?
3. Are you now or have you ever been a certified member of the following group?
If they answer NO to questions 1-3 and Yes to No. 4, they are automatically considered as "Accepted" to work for the TSA ("Touching Sensitive Areas") under the Department of Homeland [IN]Security.
Maybe the DHS has received intel that Muzzies are using weaponized cupcakes for jihad?
Agreed. I fly out of Buffalo/Niagara at times and they are generally very cordial and efficient. Now on the other hand, I just flew out of San Diego and their security set up is one of the worst I have ever seen. Almost chaos as people waiting in line who had early flights were told to jump the line and when they did they were scolded for going under those lines strung between the polls! Just awful.
“The TSA agent didn’t know what to do with the cupcake, so she called over her supervisor”
This tells you everything you need to know about the US govt.
Hmmm. I wonder if *this* was her TSA officer?
Yep, that’s what we do, too. One travel day on either side.
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