I've always traveled with a little flashlight in my bag. It's a cheap $2, LED, plastic one, very small and powered by a AAA battery. I don't think its too unreasonable to be carrying one. This morning, passing out of MSP, during my op-out the screener was also training in a fellow screener and while going to each item in my bag, she saw the flashing light. She switched it on and off a few times, opened it up to look at the batteries and then declared that the item was prohibited and I would have to surrender it. We go through the song and dance and I ended letting her keep it in the box full of other "dangerous items" such as lighters and whatnot. So apparently a 3 inch long, plastic flashlight with 3A batteries is now a prohibited item. Good news for my fellow flyers, the airplane I was on landed safely at the intended destination on time and without incident and I have finished my visit to the local Walgreens to pick up another flashlight that is the same-except for color. Why should a female, traveling anywhere carry a small flashlight? I've been stuck in hotels during power outs, in the subways of NYC during the blackout, and countless other places where a flashlight was super handy-outside of work. But hey. I should rely on the kindness of strangers more often.