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You're Not Going Anywhere With That Cupcake, Ma'am

You're Not Going Anywhere With That Cupcake, Ma'am

 

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) -- The federal Transportation Security Administration is defending its decision to confiscate a frosted cupcake from a Massachusetts woman flying from Las Vegas.

The TSA says in a blog comment posted Monday the cupcake was packed in a jar filled with icing, which is considered a gel under a policy designed to secure travelers from terrorists seeking to evade detection by using explosives made of plastics, liquids or gels.

Peabody resident Rebecca Hains was barred from taking her cupcake onto a plane last month when a TSA agent said icing in the jar exceeded amounts of gels allowed in carry-on luggage. Hains has called that "terrible logic."

The TSA says travelers can take cakes, pies and cupcakes through security checkpoints but should expect they might get additional screening.

A TSA blog post about cupcake can be seen here.

 

Lane Restrictions in Airport Tunnel Lifted for New Year's Eve

Lane Restrictions in Airport Tunnel Lifted for New Year's Eve

 

Lane restrictions in the southbound lanes of the airport tunnel will be removed to make room for the extra holiday traffic.

The spokesman for McCarran International Airport says the restrictions will be in place from 8 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thursday. When that overnight shift ends, the lane reductions will not resume until Tuesday evening. This will mean more lanes for people arriving and leaving for the New Year’s Eve celebration.

 The changes will push back the completion date for that part of the project. There is no word yet on what the finish date will be now. Crews are putting up ceiling-mounted life safety signs in the southbound tunnel. 

Another Jump in Passengers Through McCarran in November

Another Jump in Passengers Through McCarran in November

 

The positive yearlong trend in McCarran Airport visitation continued in November, as nearly 125,000 more people came through the airport compared to the same month last year according to figures released Tuesday by airport officials.

The November bump represents a 3.9 percent jump over 2010. For the year, the airport is up 4.4 percent, or more than 1.6 million people, as Las Vegas tourism slowly climbs back toward better days.

Of McCarran’s five major carriers, Delta (down 4.8 percent) and Southwest (down 0.4 percent) saw a drop in November. Continental (up 8.2 percent) posted the largest increase in volume.

 

 

One Project Ends as Another Begins Near McCarran

One Project Ends as Another Begins Near McCarran

One project is nearly done and another is about the begin near McCarran Airport.

Crews will be working on the final piece of one project Thursday evening. The work starts at 9 p.m. and is expected to be finished around 5 a.m. Friday. Workers will be putting up the last two signs that will help direct traffic to McCarran’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

As part of the construction, workers will shut down the two dedicated right-turn lanes from eastbound Tropicana Avenue onto southbound Paradise Road. Once the sign is in place, the third dedicated right-turn lane will be opened.

The work also includes a second sign being installed farther south on Paradise Road. That means the left southbound lane leading toward the airport and connector tunnel will be closed.

Paradise Toward Airport to Close Overnight

Paradise Toward Airport to Close Overnight

 

Overnight closures to complete signage work are planned Tuesday and Wednesday on Paradise Road heading into McCarran Airport and the connector tunnel.

This installation and detour are scheduled to run from midnight through 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2. This work was scheduled for overnight hours to minimize its impact on traffic flow.

The Terminal 3 directional sign project under way near Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road is nearly complete. The job is nearly done, but two overnight road closures will affect all lanes of southbound Paradise immediately south of Tropicana. 

New Signs Remind Drivers to Watch for Motorcycles

New Signs Remind Drivers to Watch for Motorcycles

An alarming number of car accidents happen at intersections around Las Vegas. Metro Police say, so far this year, 66 crashes have occurred at intersections.

Allstate Insurance says 58 percent of accidents involving motorcycles happen at intersections; that is why it launched a new campaign Wednesday. It installed signs designed to catch a driver’s eye, reminding them to watch out for motorcyclists. Since March, the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Eastern Avenue has been the scene of 17 accidents involving injuries. It is the worst intersection in the valley for injury accidents.  

"People don't look. They are looking at the people on the side of the road or people walking through the intersection. I notice a lot of times too, the intersections around here, people don't wait for the lights. They just go!" motorcycle technician Jason Rollier said.

Officer-Involved Accident Snarls Morning Commute

Officer-Involved Accident Snarls Morning Commute

An accident involving a Metro police officer near the intersection of Harmon and Swenson stopped traffic in the area Wednesday morning.

The officer is being transported to the hospital for minor injuries. As seen in this photo by 8 News NOW photojournalist Nate Kramer, traffic backed up toward McCarran Airport on Swenson as police dealt with the accident.