Jam Jar Barred From Flight
December 23, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
DENVER, Dec. 23 (UPI) — A woman traveling through Denver International Airport said she was frustrated when agents told her she could not bring a jar of homemade jam on the plane.
Kathleen Triou, who said she makes frequent trips from the airport, said a Transportation Security Administration took her jar of homemade jam Dec. 15 and told her she could not bring it on the plane.
“It was jam. Just homemade jam in a tiny mason jar,” Triou said. “They said it has the potential to be bomb material.
“I told the agent, ‘It’s not gel, not perfume, not cosmetics, just jam.’ You could see the seeds in it,” she said.
The TSA agent would hear none of it and “continued to insist it could not pass through security as it could be bomb material,” she said.
Triou said she was further frustrated when the agent told her she could not even photograph the jar for her family because they were in a secure area of the airport. She said agents told her she could photograph the jam if she left the secure area.
“At that point, it would have taken at least another 15 minutes to go back through security,” Triou said. “It just wasn’t worth it. But what’s worse is that if this is potentially ‘bomb material,’ why do they just discard it in a trash can off to the side?”
A TSA blog says items such as jam and sauces are allowed only in checked baggage.