TSA Confiscates Cupcake, Calls Frosting a "Gel"

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by CelticWhisper, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I usually don't remark about weight, but it really does seem like the vast majority of TSA agents are overweight. And not just a little overweight, but really unhealthily overweight. What's the deal with that? Is it a class thing? Lack of knowledge about nutrition? Sedentary job? And I know you can get reasonable food at the airport and exercise shouldn't be a problem - airports are huge, with ample opportunities to briskly walk around.

    It's just weird.

    One would think that if your job is to apprehend terrorists, you'd want to be in shape. Or at least kinda, sorta in shape.
  2. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I would venture that it is a class thing.
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    If she'd removed it from the jar and put it in a plastic container, I'm betting there would have been no issue at all. Unless, of course, the screener had forgot to bring his lunch that day.
  4. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    They aren't planing the need to chase anyone down because all the passengers are marched by them. Don't need to pass any physical if the sheep are herded and funneled down to single file by the wolf.
    Ever seen cattle ranches sort a herd?
  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    I give Blogger Bob a sound thumping in this new post at TSA News.
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Very well done.

    Unfortunately the fools so believe in their mission from God that they will never see how utterly stupid they look.
  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    TSA wouldn't know a terrorist if it hit them in the face with a bright neon sign attached. t

    I think its a cluster of issues, but it comes down to education (or lack of). When you dredge your employees from the bottom of the mcdonalds reject bucket your going to get the fat, slovenly uneducated types we see. In my travels the normal vs overweight ASSes is 1-2:8-9 (avg weight vs overweight/obese/morbidly obese) and the overweight ones are pushing the obese to grossly morbidly obese. If the (expletive deleted) were to truly hit the fan at the checkpoint the first casualties would be the ASSes themselves as they could move fast enough and likely to have heart/asthma attacks and be down for the count. Heck look at pictures of Blogger Bob he falls into the morbidly obese category. The only reason they move fast is for a attractive female thats waaaaaay out of there league or a donut/cake/cupcake.

    Now im not "fit", and could stand to loose 40-60lbs, but I still can run a mile without getting winded, and dead lift 200lbs (unbraced- before hurting my back that was closer to 700+). Not to mention do all the other requirements of being a paramedic despite the fact that currently I sit behind a computer for 12 hour shifts 3-4 days a week dispatching and taking 911 calls. Even though my job is mostly sedentary I watch what I eat and pack my own food so not only to save money but so I'm not eat fast food crap for every meal. Then on my breaks I go for a walk and stretch my back out to keep it from locking up. As a result I am ~10 lbs lighter then a year ago, but have put on lean muscle and in better shape.

    Common joke for communication/dispatch centers is you can tell how long someones been in dispatch by the width of there (expletive deleted) or the number of chairs they've broken.
  8. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I know! It was mostly a rhetorical question. :)

    Exactly. The weight issue alone should make everything think twice about the TSA's current work force.

    I'm not in perfect shape, so I tend not to cast stones, but I'm pretty fit (for a goth). I can jump rope for an hour and I do kickboxing. I can stand to lose about 10 pounds, but then again, I'm only five feet tall, so I can always stand to lose 10 pounds. :p My job is pretty sedentary too, and if I didn't work out I'd look like I worked for the TSA.
  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    And - I'm seeing this cupcake story everywhere! It's completely ludicrous, of course. It's a cupcake. Not a bomb, not a weapon of any kind, but a cupcake.
  10. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    If there was a fire (or any emergency) at the airport/checkpoint I would never hope for any helpful assistance from TSA screener, this thought occurred long before this part of the thread. I understand it would be most likely another passenger who would be more likely to provide helpful assistance to each other if any was needed.

    Bonus if a screener did and maybe the decent human spirit might come through and all but I wouldn't rely on it.
  11. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Spontaneous combustion of a big smurf at a grope station would be a huge incident, a three alarm fire no doubt.
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  12. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    You misspelled "farce."

    (And does it surprise anyone that the TSA likes to redefine things like "frosting" to "gel?" After all, they refer to their blue-shirted asshats as "officers.")
  13. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Ooops. :p
  14. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Excellent comment from Bloviating Blob's playhouse in response to his cupcakegate lame entry...

  15. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

  16. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Umm that would be a hazmat situation, but by the time the fire department got there the check point would be a total loss, porno vision and all.
  17. Leave no trace

    Leave no trace Original Member

    Sounds like a win - win situation.
  18. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    The story in all its absurdity is everywhere. The bakery has renamed the jarred cupcake "National Security Velvet."
    And the mockery extends to Bob:
    Somewhere stirring is an op-ed about TSA being compelled to search my moist velvety parts for the criminal act of traveling while skirted.
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  19. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA has about 60,000 employees on the payroll.

    Would it be to much to ask for just one TSA employee among those 60,000 to step up and admit that Cupcakegate was a TSA MISTAKE?
  20. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    They'll never do it. If they did, it would open the door to admitting other mistakes.
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