Half the time the authorities over-react just so they can be seen to be doing something.
I’ll let you into a secret about the airport security checks in the UK. What they are really designed to do is stop you smuggling your sense of humour out of the country.
The biggest over-reaction of them all is the “War on Terror”. The US has reacted as if a handful of cavemen pose an existential threat.
What do you suggest they do, lighten up and let in the shoe bombers et al! I hate air travel now but I know who to blame….Muslim terrorists, not USA/UK border control ❗