The Transportation Security Administration says its agents did the right thing in confiscating a woman’s cupcakes at a Las Vegas security checkpoint last month.
The agency notes Rebecca Hains’ cupcakes – the two that caused the stir – were packed in jars filled with icing. That, the TSA says, means the icing is classified as a gel – which falls under the agency’s guidelines on liquids.
In the TSA’s post, Bob Burns, a member of the TSA blog team, writes:
I wanted to make it clear that this wasn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill cupcake. If you’re not familiar with it, we have a policy directly related to the U.K. 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.
Hains says she thinks that’s “terrible logic,” according to The Associated Press.
Still, the TSA’s Burns notes in the blog that there have been “two very real liquid related incidents from the past. This is why we have limitations on liquids, gels and aerosols. … When you think about it, do you think an explosive would be concealed in an ominous item that would draw attention, or something as simple as a cute cupcake jar?”
The TSA points out that fliers are permitted to take cakes, pies and cupcakes through security checkpoints, but adds that such items may be subject to additional screening.