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TSA defends the confiscation of a cupcake at McCarran over the amount of icing

Confiscated cupcake: It is not a gun, but the TSA still does not want it on a plane.
Rebecca Hains

Attention pastry companies: The Transportation Security Administration has its eye on you. The TSA last week defended the confiscation of a Massachusetts woman’s cupcake at McCarran in December because its icing fell under the “3 ounces of gel” guideline. That’s right. The cupcake, which up until a few days ago represented everything good and gentle in the world, is now a terrorist symbol. Not only did the Wicked Good Cupcakes bakery in Massachusetts rename the cupcake “National (Security) Velvet,” a Rhode Island bakery has created the “TSA Compliant” cupcake, complete with boarding pass and quart-sized Ziploc bag. Hey, perhaps Hostess should consider an “Airport Safe” line of Zingers, fruit pies and jelly-filled donuts. And if a band adopts the name “Jihad With Sprinkles,” remember, you heard it here first.

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