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(Yahoo)   TSA employee Robert Epps redefines "stupid" by confiscating a cupcake as a "security threat"   (news.yahoo.com) divider line
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2011-12-27 9:02:59 AM  
Remember citizen, these are the people keeping you "safe"
 
2011-12-27 9:19:57 AM  
So long as we can mold C4 into just about anything, we will always be afraid of everything.

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/especially rabbits and squirrels.
 
2011-12-27 9:20:41 AM  
Was the TSA agent fat?
 
2011-12-27 9:50:19 AM  
Pinkie Pie does not approve
 
2011-12-27 9:52:00 AM  
Again?
 
2011-12-27 9:58:42 AM  
Oddly she was allowed to keep the tote bag of chili.
 
2011-12-27 10:09:43 AM  
So he thought the cupcake was a lie?
 
2011-12-27 10:09:55 AM  
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2011-12-27 10:10:34 AM  

Vodka Zombie: So long as we can mold C4 into just about anything, we will always be afraid of everything.

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/especially rabbits and squirrels.


America must be protected against moose and squirrel.
 
2011-12-27 10:11:27 AM  
... a threat to his HUNGER.
 
2011-12-27 10:11:30 AM  
But it was exploding with taste sensations!
 
2011-12-27 10:12:40 AM  
People who bring food onto airplanes are assholes anyway. Seriously, a cupcake? A Clff bar and bottle of water are totally cool. But cupcakes and hummus sandwiches? The plane is a tightly packed public space... not your minivan.
 
2011-12-27 10:12:45 AM  
TSA and their passenger searches have always been about "security theater" and showing the public that the government is "doing something". That and awarding corporate friends with big fat government checks.
 
2011-12-27 10:12:49 AM  
This is a perfectly reasonable security precaution. If that woman manages to get the cupcake on board the plane I, for one, am going to ask for a bite. She'll probably say, "No." Who knows what could happen?
 
2011-12-27 10:13:06 AM  
I love repeats. Unless the same TSA agent did it again....
 
2011-12-27 10:13:48 AM  
I brought some awesome cupcakes home to my family from a bakery in East Haven, CT. I was afraid that the rent-a-cops at Bradley Airport might confiscate them as a threat to agent hunger.

Fortunately, the agents did not recognize the delicious treats as a hazard to the health and public morals of the United States and allowed them to travel unmolested.
 
2011-12-27 10:13:52 AM  
Did he say, "Come with me...cupcake!"???
 
2011-12-27 10:14:33 AM  

karmaceutical: People who bring food onto airplanes are assholes anyway. Seriously, a cupcake? A Clff bar and bottle of water are totally cool. But cupcakes and hummus sandwiches? The plane is a tightly packed public space... not your minivan.


No shiat. I wonder if there's some way I can bring a bag of popcorn on the plane and microwave it. Maybe nuke some leftover fish.
 
2011-12-27 10:14:35 AM  
exceeeelent headline, Name and Shame is the only way this will ever change. And it warms the cockles of my heart to hear a major news outlet using the term "security theatre"
 
2011-12-27 10:16:08 AM  
Original post (new window)
 
2011-12-27 10:16:16 AM  
Only because she didn't bring enough for everyone
 
2011-12-27 10:17:20 AM  
Is this a repeat story, or a repeat incident?

/peat
//repeat
 
2011-12-27 10:17:23 AM  
Who confiscates a cupcake? Seriously.
 
2011-12-27 10:17:27 AM  

karmaceutical: People who bring food onto airplanes are assholes anyway. Seriously, a cupcake? A Clff bar and bottle of water are totally cool. But cupcakes and hummus sandwiches? The plane is a tightly packed public space... not your minivan.


I always try to bring some high-fiber food onto the plane. Sure, it sounds dangerous, but the cabin air is cleaner for my efforts.

/mmm beans.
 
2011-12-27 10:19:48 AM  
Oh the horror! I hope she can pick up the pieces of her shattered life and keep on living after this horrible incident.
Who packs food in a glass and metal container?
 
2011-12-27 10:19:58 AM  

xxwilkywayxx: Original post (new window)


Whew! I thought for a second there that the TSA was starting a war on cupcakes.
 
2011-12-27 10:20:05 AM  
I bet all of those gourmet cupcake shops are sleeper cells for al Qaida. It makes perfect sense when you think about it.
 
2011-12-27 10:20:11 AM  
I bet he molested it.
 
2011-12-27 10:21:33 AM  
Who packs a snack for a toddler with vanilla-bourbon icing on it?
 
2011-12-27 10:22:00 AM  

karmaceutical: People who bring food onto airplanes are assholes anyway. Seriously, a cupcake? A Clff bar and bottle of water are totally cool. But cupcakes and hummus sandwiches? The plane is a tightly packed public space... not your minivan.


This, citizen.

Now move along.
 
2011-12-27 10:22:01 AM  
 
2011-12-27 10:22:37 AM  

jbrooks544: Oh the horror! I hope she can pick up the pieces of her shattered life and keep on living after this horrible incident.
Who packs food in a glass and metal container?


You're not actually defending the TSA thug, are you?
 
2011-12-27 10:23:22 AM  
Whoa. This is the first thread where the "Smart" and Funny" buttons have appeared for me. I'm not sure about this, new things disturb me.

Actually, from a IU standpoint, they could probably be a little smaller. Maybe the size of the quote box.
 
2011-12-27 10:23:23 AM  
Some people are simply addicted to food.

IT'S WHAT THEY LIVE FOR.

take that away and what do you have. someone who is too fat to do anything.
 
2011-12-27 10:24:23 AM  

Opeth1429: I bet all of those gourmet cupcake shops are sleeper cells for al Qaida. It makes perfect sense when you think about it.


Nope, only sucker magnets. Some vendor brought some of those into the office, and they just taste like they're made of butter.
 
2011-12-27 10:24:29 AM  
There you go again.

The second "Zero-Tolerance" becomes policy, common sense goes out the window.
 
2011-12-27 10:25:17 AM  

phenn: jbrooks544: Oh the horror! I hope she can pick up the pieces of her shattered life and keep on living after this horrible incident.
Who packs food in a glass and metal container?

You're not actually defending the TSA thug, are you?


You must be new here.
 
2011-12-27 10:26:17 AM  
That TSA goon must have read that notorious MLP fanfic.
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2011-12-27 10:27:52 AM  

karmaceutical: People who bring food onto airplanes are assholes anyway. Seriously, a cupcake? A Clff bar and bottle of water are totally cool. But cupcakes and hummus sandwiches? The plane is a tightly packed public space... not your minivan.


Wow. Look how fast the people of the USA change their social norms and mores to fit the social norms defined by security companies. I guess freedom is only skin deep after all.
 
2011-12-27 10:28:49 AM  
Sounds like a TSA agent just needed a cupcake.
 
2011-12-27 10:29:55 AM  
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It was yellow cupcake...from Af-ri-ca.
 
2011-12-27 10:31:00 AM  
Shrub (an R) started this mess and Nobama (a D) has expanded it and added even more stupid shiat to it.

If you vote for either of the big 2 parties you are part of the problem.
 
2011-12-27 10:31:51 AM  
Does this mean I have to leave my Ho Ho's at home now?
 
2011-12-27 10:34:01 AM  
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Approves
 
2011-12-27 10:34:47 AM  
Here is the implication:

For any reason, any and all items and freedoms can be taken away from you, for "security reasons".

You no longer have a "right" to your property or personal security, you only have permissions as to when you may exercise them. These permissions are subject to change without notice.

This is what a "polite" authoritarian system looks like... and they don't stay polite for long.

/fark me, that's depressing.
 
2011-12-27 10:34:52 AM  

Magorn: exceeeelent headline, Name and Shame is the only way this will ever change. And it warms the cockles of my heart to hear a major news outlet using the term "security theatre"


I also take the approach of immediately telling someone off if I find out they work for the TSA, complete with a middle finger about 2 inches from the face. I've only had the chance to do it once, and it pissed off some friends that I caused a bunch of drama, but it was so worth it. I think making every TSA goon into a pariah would do much good in curbing their behavior. They would certainly start policing each other more if a coworker's actions were making their personal life hell.
 
2011-12-27 10:35:04 AM  

InfrasonicTom: Does this mean I have to leave my Ho Ho's at home now?


Who you callin a ho?
 
2011-12-27 10:35:08 AM  
Well if you like that you're going to LOVE this... TSA screening aren't just for air traffic any more. The TSA has been doing random screenings around the country at all sorts of places and are planning on expanding those random screenings so they can do nothing and inconvenience us in a lot more places.

They've already also started harassing people on the highway, and will likely continue to expand that as well. They SAY they won't, but that means less than nothing.

So what exactly are they protecting us from? What terrorist attacks would this realistically thwart? Has there been some wave of terrorist attacks across the US that I'm unaware of?

9/11 happened more than 10 years ago. We have had no similar attacks since then. Bin Laden is dead. Al Quaeda has been decimated. Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven. If this is what happens when we're winning the vague, never ending "war on terror" then under what circumstances would our government think it was appropriate to STOP expanding their powers and presence and stop intruding into our lives?

I don't think they EVER will until we force them to. The war on terror is now more of a threat to America than terrorism itself.
 
2011-12-27 10:35:13 AM  
"In general, cakes and pies are allowed in carry-on luggage," TSA spokesperson James Fotenos told ABC News affiliate WCVB.

Could he sounds even more stupid. That's like saying "In general, socks and undewear are allowed in carry-on luggage,"

I would like to hear of specific instances when cakes and pies are NOT allowed in carry-on luggage.

/How about a cake in the shape of a gun?

//Or a container of Jello?

///I would forbid the transportation of spice cake. Who eats that stuff?
 
2011-12-27 10:36:02 AM  
Mmmmmm...hummus and frosting. Nom, nom, nom...
 
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