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

    P.S. I kind of wish this story would die. Every time I see this thread I want a chocolate cupcake with lots of frosting. :p
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach


    You're dealing with 60,000 of the stupidest, most unemployable people in America.
  3. rockon

    rockon Original Member

    The cupcake is a blessing in disguise for TSA.

    As long as everyone is focused on the cupcake, no one is asking about the 4+ pounds of serious nasty that got through a checkpoint - in a bag that was pulled and opened to remove a smoke grenade that one infamous TSO alleges could have easily functioned as a det**ator.

    I'm sure TSA would much rather talk about cupcakes than talk about what happened at a checkpoint in Fayetteville.

    Wonder how differently that would have been handled if Atwater had a different, 'ethnic' last name or if he had been a civilian guilty of TWB ('travelling while brown'). Funny how the 'T' word was never once used. Wonder how Atwater's initial treatment compares to the treatment Shoshana Hebshi received.
  4. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    A couple comments on the other place got me thinking, and make a smart alec comment (will see how long it stays up)

    This whole debacle is the perfect opportunity, to give TSA a taste of there own medicine for a change.

    Everyone should now travel with cupcakes just to spite TSA and there abject stupidity from Pissy to the low level fatties. Not any special cupcakes, but ones that have extra ingredients in them say ex-lax and immodal in the icing and c. Then when the smurf steals them (oh sorry forces there "Surrender") and decides to eat them (this probably the case that started this debacle, one hungry fatty who forgot to pack there lunch) the jokes on them. They get their just desserts and karma strikes back; they cant complain as their the ones that missappropriated them in the first place.
  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    It seems that anyone in the TSA who actually admits to a mistake of any kind ends up unemployed - not that that's a bad thing. I'd consider being unemployed at least morally a step up from "working" for the TSA. Heck, I'd consider being a gay porn "stunt butt" a moral step up from "working" for the TSA.
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Hey, now. Not every employee of the TSA is stupid or unemployable.

    Some of them just enjoy the perks of groping people and stealing their stuff.
  7. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    "Never ascribe to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."

    The flipside of that is that we should not ignore the fact that malice absolutely exists. It exists, it wears a blue uniform and it works at the airport, croaking "DYWTFT?"
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  8. RB

    RB Founding Member

    TSA is a Mistake. Proven daily.
  9. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    The TSA doesn't know when to shut up and wait for a storm to blow over.
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  10. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    The truth of the matter is that while a lot of what the TSA does can be explained adequately by stupidity, there are still too many incidents that can only be explained by malice. Or malice and stupidity in concert.
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  11. Elizabeth Conley

    Elizabeth Conley Original Member

    Malice is a manifestation of stupidity.
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  12. rockon

    rockon Original Member

    No, can't do that and probably shouldn't even jokingly post it, now that DHS monitors social media. No, they aren't supposed to be helping themselves to confiscated goods, but we all know they do, and someone could argue (and probably would) that such an act was based on an assumption that a TSO would eat the food to ill effect. We're better than that, much better. One incident and you'd have half the workforce on sickout and lawyering up and we'll all suffer for it.

    I don't see anything wrong, however, with discarding a 3-week-old rock hard cupcake. There's nothing harmful if someone did decide to try to consume it (of course, that would never happen, but if it did.....)

    Probably be held liable for someone's dental bill....
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  13. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    There was a long conversation about this -- the legality of lacing with Ex-Lax,etc. -- somewhere else here at TUG. Either earlier in this thread or another thread, can't remember. I proposed it as a joke; next thing you know, people were discussing it as a serious proposition.
  14. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Consumerist article about Cupcakegate contains this delightful gem:

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  15. rockon

    rockon Original Member

    Sorry, didn't mean to sound preachy. I'm coming from a different place entirely.

    DHS has made it clear they're monitoring social networking sites, etc. for keywords, etc. And I think we all agree, once you're on a DHS 'list' of any sort, you're presumed to be even more guilty than you are just by being alive in this country. There's no 'recourse', no appeal, no way to clear your name of false charges. Not a place anyone wants to be.

    I'd be concerned that jokes like this are now unfortunately akin to saying (or being misheard to say) 'b**b' at an airport. It won't matter that it's clearly a joke - it can (and will) be taken out of context.

    I was doing a newspaper crossword the other day. One of the rare times I was really getting my butt kicked. Occasionally when this happens (multiple clues I can't get, I give up and go to the internet to figure it out. Of course, I try to pick one clue and hope I can solve the puzzle from there. Of course, some clues are better suited and situated than others - you know, like "World Series winner 1953". Well, this particular clue was something like "T**r*st incid**t 2000". You know, I realized I didn't want to google that - out of an abundance of caution. Kind of like googling 'Obama' with an 's' - that's a keyword that can get attention by the wrong people - heaven help high school kids working on term papers.

    Paranoia? Well, look around you and ask yourself if you would have believed we'd be where we are now 20 years ago.
  16. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    rockon, yes, I know -- I think we all know -- that we're being monitored.
  17. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Seems a shame that this conversation is even happening.

    Land of the Free and Home of the Brave Land of the Governed and Home of the Oppressed
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  18. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Hey, DHS Monitors, get a real job or F.O.A.D., your time is running out!
  19. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

  20. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

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