TSA agents are quickly acclimating to the standard government practice of “nothing is too ridiculous to not be imposed on the public.” Although given the circumstances, I hesitate to use the word “judgement,” but government rewards judgement calls that err on the side of oppression.
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.
Now, that agent has no idea whatsoever what bombs, explosive gels, or even terrorists look like, but the agent does know that liquids in non-approved containers are prohibited, and that gels are dangerous.
So then, it’s only a matter of determining how gellish it is to risk losing an airplane, and it’s better to be the one who made a woman toss her cupcake than to be the agent who let a cupcake blow a plane out of the sky.
And the TSA is still just getting warmed up!