TSA sticks to cupcake confiscation decision

by Jessica MCILHINNEY on January 12, 2012

The TSA has decided that it was right to prevent a traveller from taking a cupcake onboard a plane with her last month.

The passenger, aged 35, had the popular pastry confiscated just before boarding a flight in the popular destination of Las Vegas last month and, despite a public outcry, the Transportation Security Administration has decided that it was right with its initial decision to get rid of the treat and is yet to issue an apology.

In its regular blog, the TSA that the cupcake had been stored in a jar that was filled with icing – making it considered a gel as part of a policy specially designed to keep travellers safe as terrorists usually seek to evade detection through using explosives that are made of gels, liquids, and plastics.

These measures were implemented as a direct result of a failed 2006 plot to detonate liquid explosives while travelling on transatlantic airliners. The 1995 World Trade Center ‘Bojinka Plot’ by Ramzi Yousef was also cited by the TSA with connections made to 9/11 schemer Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, who also played a role in the plot. The two mentioned individuals planned to make use of liquid explosives in containers to bomb planes bound for America.

Ms Hains, of the small town of Peabody in Massachusetts, was stopped from taking her cupcake aboard a plane in December when a TSA agent deemed the icing in the jar to have exceeded the specificed amount of gel that is allowed to be taken on a plane as carry-on luggage, a move that Ms Hains called ‘terrible logic.’

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Albion January 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

This entire agency needs to be scrapped.
TSA has ruined airtravel in the US and in so doing has killed far more jobs that it’s created for humiliating, er, I mean, keeping us safe.

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