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TSA Attempts to Defend Decision to Confiscate Cupcakes

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A few weeks ago, I brought you a story about the TSA confiscating a woman’s cupcake. Basically, the TSA thought the cupcake’s frosting was too “gel-like” and wouldn’t let it on the plane. Now the TSA is actually trying to defend its decision, and in my opinion, is failing horribly at it.

Last week, the TSA spoke about the incident in their official blog, calling the incident “Cupcake-gate.” The TSA re-iterated their original argument that the icing was against security regulations:

…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.

Seriously, TSA? Perhaps I should explain: When you try to defend a dumb decision, it makes you look even dumber.

But it’s not all bad news. It would appear some cupcake makers are cashing in on the so-called “Cupcake-gate.” For example, a local bakery in Rhode Island introduced the “TSA Compliant Cupcake.” The cupcake has exactly 3 oz. of frosting, and is served in a clear plastic bag (as per TSA regulations) and even comes with it’s own boarding pass.

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