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    TSA defends confiscating cupcake

    The federal Transportation Security Administration is defending a decision to confiscate a cupcake from a Peabody woman flying from Las Vegas, saying the pastry was packed inside a jar filled with icing. The TSA said in a blog comment yesterday that icing is considered a gel under a policy designed to protect travelers from terrorists seeking to use explosives made of plastics, liquids, or gels. The TSA said Rebecca Hains was not allowed to take her cupcake into the plane because the icing in the jar exceeded the amount of gels allowed in carry-on luggage.