Flier: TSA Said My Cupcake Was a Security Threat

The 'gel-like' frosting apparently raised alarm

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 24, 2011 6:43 AM CST

(Newser) – One sign the TSA has officially gone overboard: One of its agents deemed a Massachusetts woman's cupcake a security threat. Rebecca Hains says she was moving through security at a Las Vegas airport on Wednesday when a TSA agent took her aside and explained that the cupcake's frosting was "gel-like," violating the TSA's restrictions on liquids and gels and making it a security risk.

Hains, apparently a lover of traveling with cupcakes, explained that she was able to pass through Boston's Logan International Airport with two cupcakes in tow earlier in the week. She had apparently decided to save one for the ride home, but ultimately surrendered it. "In general, cakes and pies are allowed in carry-on luggage," explained a TSA rep, who noted that the agency was looking into the dessert debacle; a second spokesman told the AP that cakes and cupcakes are allowed to pass through security checkpoints. The maker of the cupcake, the appropriately named Wicked Good Cupcakes, told WCVB Boston, "Apparently we're a tasty, terrorist threat."

This cupcake not in the possession of the TSA.   (©Calgary Reviews)
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