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goalieskates
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Cupcake Deemed 'Security Threat,' Confiscated By TSA

WCVB Boston

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Rebecca Hains says she was going through security at the airport in Las Vegas when a TSA agent pulled her aside and said the cupcake frosting was “gel-like” enough to constitute a security risk.
I guess if it was me I'd stand there and eat the cupcake on the spot, but that's not the point. How ridiculous does the TSA have to get?


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said by goalieskates:

How ridiculous does the TSA have to get?

Just wondering if it's occurred to anyone else that the TSA isn't doing this stuff for security but control. If citizens just shrug at this stuff you won't be able to go to a mall without going through scanners etc.
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Jerks were probably hungry..or just plain a$$ holes



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jvmorris
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said by goalieskates:

WCVB Boston

quote:
Rebecca Hains says she was going through security at the airport in Las Vegas when a TSA agent pulled her aside and said the cupcake frosting was “gel-like” enough to constitute a security risk.
I guess if it was me I'd stand there and eat the cupcake on the spot, but that's not the point. How ridiculous does the TSA have to get?

Purely as an intellectual query, does anyone know just what instrumentation TSA screeners use to determine that the icing on the cupcake was too 'gel-like'?

While I suspect this was a Mark 1 Mod 0 TSA Staffer's tongue, I would like to know whether it has been calibrated recently and whether or not the Staffer in question has been certified in the appropriate means of using it. Somehow, I doubt it.
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I'm not buying this 'gel-like' explanation. I'd say cake frosting was more like an emulsion than a gel. Or maybe it's a 'sol' (a new word to me).

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colloid



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All the more reason to ensure that appropriate quality controls are in place for the 'test instrument' (whatever it may be). How consistent are its readings? How accurate is it? Can it accurately differentiate between a gel and an emulsion?

So many questions, so little time.

Has it been tested on John Pistole and Janet Napolitano and will they certify under oath that they have approved use of this device?
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Shamelessly promoting Channukah :D
  

Ah-ha! The real threat in the jar!
said by dave:

I'm not buying this 'gel-like' explanation. I'd say cake frosting was more like an emulsion than a gel. Or maybe it's a 'sol' (a new word to me).

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colloid

Is that "gel" like enough for your taste, dear?

Wow! A red velvet cupcake in a jar! No wonder it was confiscated - someone was hungry!


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It's just a matter of looking deeply enough to find out the nature of the real threat here.

I was about to write a short diatribe about how the mainstream media (that's MSM to you lusers) was once again filtering our news to avoid any mention of the TSA's venture into cupcake screening when I came across an article which explains the whole thing.

See »www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43584213/ns···Lf8b8nLQ if you think I'm kidding!

British newspapers reported earlier this month that the the UK government hacked into an al-Qaida website last year and inserted recipes for making cupcakes in place of instructions on how to build bombs. The target was the group's English language magazine, "Inspire," intended for Muslims in the West. The magazine is the product of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen.
Story: UK spies hack al-Qaida, replace bomb info with cupcake recipes


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I went through TSA in Portland a couple days ago. They said that they needed to inspect any chocolate chip cookies or M&M candies. They said not to laugh because it's a serious matter.
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Oh, my God! He's not wearing gloves!!!

This is a serious breach of security. What if he then touches 'other people's stuff' with those same hands? Thousands of people could conceivably have been exposed to anthrax.

I demand an immediate ban on all pastries within the Secure Area at all airports. Can you tell the difference between anthrax powder and confectioners' sugar? (Obviously, they are not doing 'taste testing'.)
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the OSS was way ahead of everyone on the edible explosives thing which was demonstrated on a science show not too long ago. this is not that show, but it does discuss the "Aunt Jemima":

»gizmodo.com/392406/resistance-is···s-tricks

The screener in question probably watched that show however; explaining the overreaction perhaps?
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Maybe cupcakes should never travel without a paper trail of where it's been, who has had physical control of it etc...
Just like custard, it should always have a chain of custardy to prove it hasn't been tampered with.



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lol.....good one



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»www.allmediany.com/details_news_···tid=2675

Hey they are not all jerks!


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Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) security checkpoint scene. Watch Granny get taken down near the end.

Kind of sad that satire from 30 years ago is today's reality.
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said by Snowy:

Maybe cupcakes should never travel without a paper trail of where it's been, who has had physical control of it etc...
Just like custard, it should always have a chain of custardy to prove it hasn't been tampered with.

Sorry, kiddo! Chain of custardy not accepted at this checkpoint!

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Are they banning foods now as potential explosives? Don't anyone take a candy bar, the nougat might be "explosive-like enough to constitute a security risk."
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said by OmagicQ:

Are they banning foods now as potential explosives? Don't anyone take a candy bar, the nougat might be "explosive-like enough to constitute a security risk."

Oops! You missed this one!

Gee, it's so nice to spend Christmas Eve and Channukah with friends!
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Oh look.. Cupcakes! (Google the demotivational poster.. NSFW and I'm pretty sure against forum rules so I won't post any direct links, but it's worth the trouble if you're a heterosexual male or a homosexual female )



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Exactly!!

PEOPLE ARE PUPPETS AND DONT CARE



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Re: Cupcake Deemed 'Security Threat,' Confiscated By TSA

You cant take food over a certain amount through the checkpoint, thats why they dont sell food outside the checkpoint, only inside of it. The people were doing their job, whats with all these complaints?



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If there's enough explosive "oomph" in a few M&Ms or the icing on a typical cupcake to be a threat to aviation, then our military has fallen far behind in its search for ever-more-powerful high explosives.

Hopefully, some creative folks will be bold enough to take cupcakes iced with chocolate Ex-Lax through those same security lines. After the cupcakes get confiscated by TSA, the results a while later might be most... uhmm... revealing.
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said by FiReSTaRT:

Oh look.. Cupcakes! (Google the demotivational poster.. NSFW and I'm pretty sure against forum rules so I won't post any direct links, but it's worth the trouble if you're a heterosexual male or a homosexual female )

Sent you a baker's dozen!
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Re: Cupcake Deemed 'Security Threat,' Confiscated By TSA

said by Sparrow:

Sent you a baker's dozen!

It was delicious and came at a good time.. While the Mrs. was out of the room.. You sir are a gentleman and a scholar


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said by Duramax08:

You cant take food over a certain amount through the checkpoint, thats why they dont sell food outside the checkpoint, only inside of it. The people were doing their job, whats with all these complaints?

The COMPLAINT is that he stated that the icing on the cupcake was too gel like. NOT that food over a certain amount was not allowed.

TSA is nothing but a bunch of power hungry jackasses that couldn't detect a bomb if it blew up in their face.


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said by Blackbird:

Hopefully, some creative folks will be bold enough to take cupcakes iced with chocolate Ex-Lax through those same security lines. After the cupcakes get confiscated by TSA, the results a while later might be most... uhmm... revealing.

Love it. See, you do learn useful stuff in college. (At least, that's where I learned that.)


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Merry Christmas to the hard-working folk at the TSA!



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I hadn't realised until now that the cupcake was in a glass jar - that's a little unusual for bakery products, so I can understand why it attracted the attention of the TSA in the first place. The conclusion seems a little strained, though.