TSA cupcake controversy escalates

The TSA says the image on the right is of the cupcake in a jar that a woman tried to take onto a plane in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 24, 2011

(CBS/AP) PEABODY, Mass. - A Massachusetts woman says federal officials are mischaracterizing the cupcake in a jar that was confiscated from her last month at the Las Vegas airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says it considered the icing on the cupcake a gel that exceeded the 3-ounce limit for carry-on luggage. Not so fast, says Rebecca Hains, who had the treat taken away from her as she prepared to board a plane on Dec. 24, 2012.

The TSA says in a blog post that the cupcake taken last month had a thick layer of icing inside a jar.

But the Peabody,  Mass. resident said Wednesday her jar consisted of three layers of cupcake, each topped with a medium layer of icing, not a thick layer.

Meanwhile the bakery that makes the cupcake has renamed it "National (Security) Velvet."

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