I flew out of SFO early Thursday morning, and back in on Friday evening.
Obviously, got caught up in the hubbub. Chucked my toothpaste and deodorant (it was a gel rather than a solid). Had to give up my Flonase, even though it was prescription medication, because it did not have my name on it. At first they were going to deny me taking on my injection pen of Byetta, because the pen did not have my name on it either. When I said I'd be happy to inject myself right in front of everyone as an offer of good faith, the supervisor let me take it on board.
Much of this is ridiculous, certainly. Hysterical over-reaction. And what, pray tell, does it matter, when you can put the very same items in your check-through luggage---which still to this day is not inspected. My understanding was that the liquids in question were to be combined, then detonated with an electical signal...as in from a cellphone. Which signal would just as easily go to the luggage hold as within the cabin. SO, again, what's being achieved with the ban on cabin liquids?
I vacillate, of course, in that area between blase acceptance and the elusive and unreachable "perfect" security (I used to work security on weapons systems, and I know there is no such thing as security.) But what it comes down to, for me, is that obvious precautions should be taken, but no matter what is done, flying nowadays is dangerous. Also, unavoidable. So we should, you'll pardon the expression, learn to live with unavoidable dangers.
Oh, and yes, I did see several bottles of quite expensive wine dumped into the trash hampers outside security in the San Francisco airport.