I think so. I did a little internet research before my latest two week trip in the States and there was tons of discussion about things getting confiscated, etc. In my rather tactical looking bag (Maxpedition Jumbo EDC) I packed an empty Nalgene, compact trauma shears, pens, multiple flashlights, batteries, and other miscellaneous small EDC items. Went through screening no problem. Granted that I wasn't stupid and kept my knifes, multi tool, and ResQMe in my checked baggage but this made me wonder if all the talk about being singled out during screening for packing lots of EDC goodies is way over hyped.