Geoff and DMC - thank you for your perspectives from frequent-flyers...especially DMC who made sure to mention that he got to the airport early. I'm with DHS. Scan me, pat me...whatever it takes. I don't try to take tons of sh*t in my carry-on; I hate people who disrupt take-off with jammin' sh*t in the overhead. I'm a casual traveler, but not a dope.
Scan me, pat me, just don't do more than that, unless you're buyin' me dinner. ; ) (With REAL silverware, NOT plastic!!)