This makes me laugh a little.
I flew from CA to VA last year. I planned to be in VA for an extended amount of time, so I took most of my jewelry making supplies with me. I also took a sewing kit, and small cross-stitch project in a carry-on bag.
I had fragile stickers ALL over the suitcase with my jewelry making supplies and warned the baggage handlers several times to be careful of my very sharp wire cutters and various other sharp items in the case. When I packed, I put everything in clear ziploc baggies so it would be easier for them to examine. Ha!
They took my cross stitch needles (these are blunt), scissors, and sewing kit needles. Said they were too sharp, and could possibly be used as a weapon. So, I had to check those.
They left me with a pair of heavy duty wire cutters in my carry-on case. They are very visable...bright yellow handles. The blades are VERY sharp. I could probably cut up to a size 8 wooden needle in half with them, or a small persons pinkie, and up to 10 guage wire. But God help us all if I get on the plane with an embroidery needle!
After all of this, I get through security and on my way to the gate, pass an elderly woman, sitting in chairs...cross stitching. With metal needles. I see her snip her DMC thread to start a new row. I was FURIOUS. Honest to God, I felt discriminated. I guess terrorists can't be upwards of 60.
And if that wasn't enough...when I finally got back to CA after dealing with a grandmother with dementia for 2 months, my suitcase was ripped, all of my jewelry making supplies had been dumped in my suticase, beads, wire, etc. all tangled and strewn. The pens, markers, and highlighters had been uncapped and bled through fabric that was in my suitcase. I made a complaint at the SW desk, and they gave me a $55 travel voucher. I kindly told them they could shove it, as I would never fly SW again.