Yeah, I like the strangling policy. I have nowhere ever seen anything banning anything that is long and "could be used to stangle....so here's my little story.
Back in Dec, flying out to Colorado to go skiing in Vail. In my backpack, I had a little pocket ski-lock. its about the size of a wallet and it has a small little cable that recoils inside, so you can lock you skis to a rack when you go in the lodge or whatnot. The cable is similar to the tiny cables you will see in places where they cable-lock computer equipment. More worried about having nail-clipper in my bag, even though I've flown numerous times since Sept, I didn't even give this item any thought about being dangerous. So, I clear security in DTW fine, pass a "random" gate check of my bag in ORD on American. So, on the return, in Vail (EGE), their lack proper xray equipment for carry-on screening so they search everyone's carry-on's. Well, that little ski lock caused a lot of problems for them, they didn't like it. The sheriff is standing right there talking to me as this is going on, he's a skier out there, he goes, "Cool, I need to get one of those. If only more people would use those, we'd have to deal with less stolen skis. Well, they conifiscated the ski lock because it could be used to strangle. Nevermind you can use belts, shoelaces, or laptop cords, all which were allowed.
So, now jump to March....I'm flying out of tiny State College, PA (SCE) on Mesaba back to DTW to go home and then out to Colorado skiing again. Well, I was going to check this one bag, but the agents told me to planeside claim it. Well, I had bought a new ski lock, it was in this bag. So, I got my bag searched going through security, they looked at the lock, and let it go.
Goes to show how uniform security has been and the rules really aren't consisent. Who knows, check everything, if you really want no hassles, but then again even thats not perfect either.