I hate the whole palaver of x-ray and screening at departure gates as much as you do. It gets me all stressy trying not to hold things up while I strip down, work out whether this is a shoes-off or shoes-on airport, remove beepy bangles and haul my laptop out of my cabin luggage while juggling four trays, including my baggy of lip glosses.
But I follow the TSA (Transport Security Administration) blog and have some sympathy for the guys and girls who are charged with ensuring we all have a safe flight.
Here are some of the recent confiscations at airports across the US. Quite mind boggling!