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Monday, December 26, 2011

Morons at TSA seize a cupcake

Just when you thought things could not get any worse for American travelers....
Rebecca Hains told ABCNews.com today that a Transportation Security Administration agent at Las Vegas- McCarran International Airport seized her cupcake, saying the frosting sitting atop the red velvet cake was gel-like enough to violate regulations.

The incident took place Wednesday.

Hains, a teacher, said the cupcake was a gift from one of her students. She was traveling with her husband and toddler, and thought her young son might get hungry on the long trip home.

The cupcake was packaged in a glass container with a metal lid, which was why it attracted the attention of the scanner in the first place.

The TSA agent didn’t know what to do with the cupcake, so she called over her supervisor, Hains said.

“The TSA supervisor, Robert Epps, was using really bad logic – he said it counted as a gel-like substance because it was conforming to the shape of its container.”

“We also had a small pile of hummus sandwiches with creamy fillings, which made it through, but the cupcake with its frosting was apparently a terrorist threat…I just don’t know what world he was living in,” said Hains, speaking of the TSA officer.
Morons. It's long past time for the US (and other countries) to implement Israeli airport security. Of course, if that happened, TSA would have to fire much of the current staff and hire people who pass intelligence tests instead. That won't happen while Obama is in office.

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At 10:54 PM, Blogger Jewish Israel said...

When you call TSA agents morons, you insult morons.

At 12:04 AM, Blogger Mordechai Y. Scher said...

Realistically speaking (and as an Israeli), the TSA employs far, far more workers than Israeli security. There is no way they will find enough people who would meet the Israeli criteria for airport security training. Keep in mind that all those Israeli workers first went through the army and established a track record for reliability, intelligence, ability to think on their feet. Working for airport security in Israel is looked upon as a respectable job with potential future connections in law enforcement and state security. TSA doesn't offer any of that.


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