TSA Clarification: You Can Take Some Kinds of Cupcakes on Planes
|Photo taken from the TSA website; text SFoodie's.|
The agency has come under criticism after Las Vegas TSA officers confiscated cupcakes from a woman flying out of the airport there last month, a scandal so offensive to the American people that it even earned comment on Perez Hilton. The cupcakes had so much frosting, news reports stated, that it was deemed a security risk.
But wait! TSA blogger Bob Burns argues, "This wasn't your everyday, run-of-the-mill cupcake. ... We have a policy directly related to the UK 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."
Take note: You are allowed to bring cupcakes on the plane. Just as long as they are not a) cupcakes in a jar, a style that Burns calls "newfangled," and b) you've pre-eaten enough icing off the top so that it doesn't alarm the security officers. Of course, if you're flying out of SFO's terminal 2, you can just pick up a six-pack of Kara's Cupcakes from the Napa Farms Market stand and bypass the TSA altogether.