Woman: TSA stripped me of my cupcake
Mon, 26 Dec 2011 12:57:21 GMT —
At least she wasn't strip searched?
That's little consolation for a Massachusetts woman who is not happy with what she says an airport security officer did: confiscate her frosted cupcake.
Rebecca Hains says the Transportation Security Administration agent took her cupcake because he believed the icing could be a security risk and its frosting was "gel-like" enough to violate TSA policies.
"It's not really about the cupcake; I can get another cupcake," she said. "It's about an encroachment on civil liberties. We're just building up a resistance and tolerance to all these things they're doing in the name of security, when it's really theater. It is not keeping us safe."
Hains says she had passed through security at Boston's Logan International Airport with two cupcakes packaged in jars. But she says she was stopped Wednesday on her return from Las Vegas with one of them.
The TSA does restrict what liquids and gels can be brought onto flights in order to prevent them from being used as explosives.
TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said Friday the agency is reviewing the situation. He says passengers are allowed to take cakes and cupcakes through checkpoints.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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