TSA confiscates cupcakes and candy, allows man to walk through checkpoint with sword
Tasty treats are dangerous, swords not so much
The TSA did not stop at opening Christmas presents at airport checkpoints this holiday season. In two separate incidents agents decreed that tasty Christmas treats constituted a security threat, while in another incident a man simply strolled through carrying a sword.
A Massachusetts woman ran into trouble with agents at Las Vegas- McCarran International Airport on Christmas Eve when they discovered a frosted cupcake in her luggage.
According to ABC News, the agent was confused about what to do with the potential offensive weapon and so called in a supervisor who declared that the vanilla-bourbon icing could be a “security risk” as it constituted a “gel like substance”.
Worse still, the woman, Rebecca Hains, had no trouble with the cupcake on an earlier flight.
“The TSA at Logan Airport said the cupcakes looked delicious and told us to have a great trip.” she said. “But in Las Vegas, they were dangerous. They shouldn’t be delicious in one part of the country and a security threat in the other.” she added, calling the TSA “security theater”.
“This really isn’t about the cupcake, it’s about the bigger issue and it’s indicative of the fact that broader reforms need to be made to the TSA because they are not keeping us safe,” said Hains.
In a similar incident, a TSA agent at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Michigan held up a security line when “an oddly placed iPod and bag of candy” triggered a security alarm.
Commuter Lora Van Uffelen and seven other travelers consequently missed their flight to Chicago.
In response, the TSA issued a statement that, in part, read: “There was no impact to flight operations and no delays incurred.”
Meanwhile, KSEE News reports that a man boarded a flight in Corpus Christi with a 14-inch sword concealed within a cane as part of his carry on luggage. The man flew to DFW airport to board a connecting flight, where the weapon was discovered.
The TSA released a statement saying, “The biggest threat to aviation today, explosives and explosives components. While edge weapons such as swords remain a prohibited item it will not cause catastrophic damage.”
And cupcakes and candy will?
Seasons greetings from the TSA.