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TSA defends confiscating cupcake

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  January 10, 2012 08:43 AM

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When is a cupcake not just a cupcake? When it breaks the 3-1-1 rule, says the TSA.

Yesterday on the agency's blog, officer Bob Burns aimed to tamp down the dust-up over an incident last month in which TSA inspectors confiscated a cupcake from Rebecca Hains of Peabody, who was preparing to board a flight from Las Vegas. Burns noted that the cupcake wasn't a typical one, a simple baked good in a paper cup with a schmear of frosting. Instead it came packed in a jar filled with icing, which the TSA considers a gel so subject to the 3-1-1 rules -- containers of no more than 3 ounces in a one-quart, clear zip-up bag, one to a customer.

In the words of Burns:

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 ... This incident may seem like a silly move to many of our critics, but when we can’t be exactly sure of what something is, every officer has the discretion to not allow it on the plane.

The silver lining here? According to a published report sales of the cupcake in a jar, made by Wicked Good Cupcakes of Cohasset, have taken off since the incident.

Photo from wickedlocal.com



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