TSA: Cupcakes Are Okay, Unless They're In a Jar

Categories: Really?
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A different kind of cupcake battle.
The Transportation Security Administration has some complicated rules about bringing food on airplanes. For example, you can't bring jam, but a pumpkin pie is okay.

But what about a nice, precious cupcake? Surely that shouldn't raise alarms.

In a recent uproar dubbed "Cupcakegate," the TSA stopped a traveler flying out of Las Vegas and told her she couldn't bring cupcakes. Now the agency has stepped up to clarify: the only dangerous cupcakes are the ones in jars.

If you, like this writer, didn't realize that cupcakes-in-a-jar were even a thing, rest assured. They are. Perhaps this is common knowledge among the Etsy-and-little-dogs crowd. Paper wrappers are so passe.

Anyway, this was the confection that traveler Rebecca Hains tried to bring on a plane last month. She was told that it was a security threat, because of the icing.

Now TSA blogger Bob Burns is here to clarify:

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.

Burns says that it's up to an individual officer to make on-the-fly decisions about what counts as a liquid or gel. And an officer would understandably want to err on the side of caution so he can go home at night without worrying that he might have let a bomb on board.

But sometimes a TSA policy just looks darn silly in the light of day -- even though Burns provided this helpful picture to illustrate the difference. Man, that does look volatile.

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Should your local airport Sbarro decide to offer meatballs with marinara in a jar, we expect the TSA would evaluate that on a separate basis.


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2 comments
Rachel Rambo Levy
Rachel Rambo Levy

Cupcakes in a jar should be illegal. I get diarrhea every time I eat them. I know I should stop, but I just can't. Because some of the flavors, liked the Peanut Butter Surprise (pictured, are so delicious that the diarrhea issue escapes me. Honestly, this TSA did this person a favor and should be rewarded from saving her from the bowel trouble that she would have experienced. 

FQS9000
FQS9000

TSA is nothing but an attempt by foolish nannies( the TSA) to demonstrate to other foolish nannies (moron liberals) that there is ABSOLUTELY no risk in flying.  Which, of course is untrue, as any self respecting terrorist boss can ALWAYS find a new way (no matter how ineffective) to put some sort of bomb on a plane.  The TSA is always second to figure out a new way to put a bomb on a plane, but when they do, the TSA makes sure that what they impost on passengers is irritating, humiliating, time consuming, and pointless.

TSA and congressmen should be required to go through the same crap as the rest of us, as I, for one, trust them less than any anonymous passenger, as they are far stupider and less interested in serving the public. 

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