If you're planning to fly this week, don't even think about packing a dessert to make the trip less hellish. Rebecca Hains says that last week a TSA agent at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas seized her red velvet cupcake, which was baked inside an 8 ounce jar. "He explained to me that the frosting constitutes a gel-like substance and part of the way that he had arrived at this decision apparently was that it was in a container in which it conformed to the container's shape," Hains said. "I offered to take it out and put it in a zip-lock bag on the spot and he said 'no I can't let you touch it.' So once he had identified it as a security threat it was no longer mine and I couldn't have it back." Hains says she wasn't traumatized by the loss of her baked good, but the "encroachment on civil liberties" and inconsistency — earlier, a TSA agent at Boston's Logan International Airport let her go through security with two of the cupcakes. Plus, if the agency is now letting people fly with weed, it's just cruel to deprive them of their snack foods.
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