Last month, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration agents at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas seized a cupcake from a woman at the security checkpoint. The frosty little treat probably wouldn’t have made the “news” if it didn’t clear security at another airport one week earlier.
Rebecca Hains, the conspirator, wrote on her blog after the incident, “ … I’d been allowed to bring cupcakes-in-jars through Boston’s Logan airport on my outbound flight with no problem.”
According to Hains, the TSA agent responded, “If Boston had done their job right in the first place, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.”
The story had gotten just a bit tastier when TSA blogger Robert Burns wrote, “This wasn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill cupcake. 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.”
Brian Vilagie, manager of Wicked Good Cupcakes in Cohasset, Mass. and the co-conspirator who created the jar-filled cupcakes told CNN that “frosting shouldn’t be considered a gel or liquid.”
Vilagie added, “Truth be told, we’re not sure this cupcake in a jar should actually be called a cupcake.”
Forbes’ definition of a cupcake was more mouthwatering. A blogger posted,“Go back to the old-school cupcake-to-frosting ratio, and I’m convinced that the percentage of obese Americans would decline from 33.8% to, oh, say, 33.75% (hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?). Plus, too much frosting is just gross. If this requires TSA enforcement, then I’m all for it.”
So CNN asked expert Zac Young, a past contestant on Top Chef Just Desserts and executive pastry chef at Flex Mussels in New York City. “A cupcake needs to stand alone to be a cupcake and a cupcake is also defined by its wrapper. Unless there are pieces of wrapper floating in the jar, I would not classify it as a cupcake,” Young told CNN.
LA Weekly agreed on its blog, “At least making us realize that while confiscating a cupcake might be SEO-friendly and ridiculous, so is smashing your cupcake into a jar like a weird Jello fetus and not expecting airport security to take a second look.”
Swirled and sprinkled, dipped or glazed, apparently the decorated jar-filled cupcake violated the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule, according to CNN. Just a month before the “Cupcakegate” scandal broke, CNN warned holiday travelers about “foods that tend to fall under the TSA’s 3-1-1 policy governing liquids, gels and aerosols … ,” in a November blog.
How sweet it is to read the news?
Read CNN’s post: The TSA won’t swipe your pie – but will they take the cake?
- TSA defends cupcake confiscation (cnn.com)
- Flier Tasered at Calif. Airport (newser.com)
- TSA Cupcake Wasn’t Really a Cupcake; Security Defends Confiscation (inquisitr.com)
- TSA strongly defends confiscation of bizarre cupcake (bazaardaily.com)
- TSA defends confiscation of Mass. woman’s cupcake (hosted.ap.org)
- Security Risk: Woman Says TSA Confiscated Frosted Cupcake (huffingtonpost.com)
- TSA Defends Confiscation of Cupcake (myfoxny.com)
- TSA Defends Confiscation of Cupcake (myfoxphoenix.com)
- Delicious But Dangerous: TSA Stands By Cupcake Confiscation (newsfeed.time.com)
- TSA defends confiscation of Mass. woman’s cupcake (boston.com)