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TSA Agent Confiscates Frosted Cupcake


“Apparently we're a tasty, terrorist threat."

Photo: WCVB-TV

The "gel-like" frosting of a cupcake one woman tried to bring on a plane at a Las Vegas Airport crossed the line for Transportation Security Administration officers, who say it constituted a security risk, and denied allowing the woman to take the cupcake back home to Boston.

Rebecca Hains of Peabody tells the Associated Press that a TSA agent in Las Vegas confiscated her frosted cupcake because he thought the icing could be explosive. The TSA has restrictions on taking liquids and gels onto flights to prevent them from being used as explosives.

"In general, cakes and pies are allowed in carry-on luggage," TSA spokesperson James Fotenos told WCVB, adding they were looking into why this cupcake was confiscated.

Hains says she had passed through security at Boston's Logan International Airport with two cupcakes packaged in jars on her orignal trip out west, enjoying the first cupcake so much that she decided to save the second for her return flight.

Hains contacted the cupcake company, Wicked Good Cupcakes of Cohasset, which said it will ship her a new batch free of charge.

“Apparently we're a tasty, terrorist threat. I guess we were also amazed at what can pass through security in one airport, but not in another,” Brian Vilagie of Wicked Good Cupcakes told WCVB.

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