Leave it to the TSA to end the year with another flurry of cupcake headlines over Cupcakegate 2011. I've thought for a long time that airports would be great spots for cupcake bakeries (I've sen cupcakes at a few airports), but now I'm not so sure. Here are a few of the many recent news stories:
"Frightening frosting? TSA Confiscates Cupcake" at MSNBC's Overhead Bin
"‘Security Theater’? TSA Confiscates Woman’s Frosted Cupcake" at ABC News
"Terror cupcakes? Passengers claim TSA is tampering with their baked goods," New York Daily News. From that article:
Rebecca Haines told WCBV-TV in Boston that a TSA officer told her the icing on her cupcake qualified as a liquid-like gel and therefore wasn't allowed on the plane.
“The frosting apparently constitutes a gel-like substance because it was adorably packaged in a glass jar,” she told the TV station.
Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman, told the Daily News that while something like that “doesn't usually happen,” passengers should be aware that baked goods may be subjected to additional screening.
"They may pack or ship them as well," she added.
She added that the TSA was reviewing the specific incident at the Las Vegas airport.
Even though baked goods are kosher for check-in, the TSA does limit other holiday foods in carry-ons. The agency’s website advises passengers to check items such as cranberry sauce, creamy dips, gift baskets, jams, jellies, gravy and maple syrup.
The story even went international:
"Frosted cupcake sparks airport terror alert" at The Daily Mail