2011 New Christmas Eve Cupcake Capper at the TSA
Since when do we need an agency that steals cupcakes from passengers, I dare to ask? Have we let the terrorists win in the war on terror? Has our TSA taken over the job of the terrorists, as it appears they are often terrorizing the traveling public? I find this quite alarming as a citizen with one hell of an ancestral line of individuals who helped build this country, including all the way back to the Mayflower.
Yes, I understand the need for rules and regulations and procedures for the TSA security people, but I also understand what is meant by “mission intent” – and why although we don’t want to make the rules too arbitrary, we ought to use more common sense in the enforcement of these rules for airline travelers. You see, we consider traveling in the United States a basic right, and what we are doing right now goes against buy cheap valium our very freedoms and liberties that we hold so dear.
There was an interesting story in the news on Christmas Eve; “Frightening Frosting? TSA Confiscates Cupcake,” by NBC News, MSN (dot) com staff and news services. The article stated;
“An airport security officer confiscated a frosted cupcake amid fears its icing could be a security risk. Hains said the agent didn’t seem concerned that the red velvet cupcake, which was packaged in an 8-ounce mason jar, could actually be explosive, just that it fit some bureaucratic definition about what was prohibited. “Once he had identified it as a security threat it was no longer mine and I couldn’t have it back.”
And as if the story couldn’t become more of a PR Nightmare for the TSA, or get any worse;
“The TSA agent who saw them, picked them up and said, ‘these look delicious,’ and sent me on my way,” said Hains.
Ouch, and all this at a time of Federal Budget Cuts and the US Congress wanting to scrap the TSA and make it the responsibility of private enterprise, such as the airlines, airports, and transit companies. At some point we need to decide what we are all about as Americans. If we continue to harass the traveling public, terrorize airline passengers, and do these insidious things such as stealing their cupcakes, then the TSA is no better than a bully in elementary school stealing other kid’s lunch money.
Now then, I’d like to leave you with this thought, and hope you will consider it all next time you go to vote. Stealing a cupcake on Christmas eve – you have to be kidding me? Think on this.