While the TSA continues to not catch terrorists
, it is
catching flak for its decision last month to confiscate a cupcake
. Even more bizarre, the TSA is continuing to defend the confiscation
, claiming that since this cupcake was in a jar
it meant that the frosting was considered a gel
and subject to the totally silly and pointless 3 oz. rule.
I wanted to make it clear that this wasn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill cupcake. If you’re not familiar with it, we have a policy directly related to the UK liquid bomb plot of 2006 called 3-1-1 that limits the amount of liquids, gels and aerosols you can bring in your carry-on luggage. Icing falls under the “gel” category. As you can see from the picture, unlike a thin layer of icing that resides on the top of most cupcakes, this cupcake had a thick layer of icing inside a jar.
In general, cakes and pies are allowed in carry-on luggage, however, the officer in this case used their discretion on whether or not to allow the newfangled modern take on a cupcake per 3-1-1 guidelines. They chose not to let it go.
Or maybe they were just hungry. Either way, rest assured that terrorists who get through security won't be able to get fat on cupcakes.
Or... maybe they can. A bakery in Rhode Island, picking up on this ridiculousness and sensing a marketing opportunity, is now offering a TSA-complaint cupcake
, complete with exactly 3 oz. of frosting... a plastic baggie, and a faux boarding pass declaring compliance:
Yes, there's now a dessert menu for your airport security theater...