TSA: We Were Right to Take That Cupcake
...because it was a cupcake in a jar
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2012 10:20 AM CST
Updated Jan 14, 2012 7:00 AM CST
In this Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 photo provided by Rebecca Hains, a TSA agent holds a jar containing a cupcake that was confiscated at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Hains)

(Newser) – Cupcakegate 2011 is proving to have quite the shelf life. The TSA commented on the sugary brouhaha this week, by way of a blog post on the topic. If you'll recall, security agents in Las Vegas confiscated a cupcake that Rebecca Hains was trying to take through security late last month because of its gel-like frosting. Outrage ensued. But as the TSA explains, there's one problem with the whole story: Hains wasn't carrying a traditional cupcake through security.

That, apparently, would have been fine. But Hains' "cupcake" was actually a "cupcake in a jar" (see image in gallery). "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," explains the TSA. "The officer in this case used their discretion on whether to allow the newfangled modern take on a cupcake per 3-1-1 guidelines. They chose not to let it go." If you're still scoffing at the decision, the TSA would like you to consider the following point: "Do you think an explosive would be concealed in an ominous item that would draw attention, or something as simple as a cute cupcake jar?"

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Lulina
Jan 15, 2012 12:12 PM CST
was the cupcake tested for that special gel it had on?? I understand the suspicion but i would be pissed if TSA didnt confirm their suspicions at a later time at least...
Riffran
Jan 15, 2012 5:38 AM CST
well...icing is mainly fat...cook fat down with the right additives you get glycerin, nitrogenate the glycerin correctly you get? Jeez aint yall seen fight club?
Ucantusethatname
Jan 14, 2012 11:12 AM CST
Watch out for little girls with cupcakes. A major threat to national security. TSA = Totally Stupid A******* I do not understand why passengers continue to put up with this nonsense.