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TSA confiscates cupcakes and candy, allows man to walk through checkpoint with sword


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.

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Comment by Dennis Treybil
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I once heard of a high ranking TSA official who declard that the acronymn was "Thousands Standing Around"!  One could only hope!!

Here are links to 3 of my favorite sources regarding bureaucratic mayhem:

Does anybody know of any other good sources on this topic?

DC Treybil

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