Well, I hope they weren't reacting to my post here! I have no idea who is pushing for what, but I am trying to be ready. The last thing I want is a ban to kick in just before I fly and being unprepared to deal with it.
I don't know if they are over-reacting or not. I do know that certain groups are quite committed to blowing up / crashing airplanes, and the most desirable planes to hit are U.S. flagged airlines with U.S. passengers. I would prefer to focus my irritation on the terrorists and not the government but really, the cause doesn't really matter; I am just trying to deal with the situation as best I can, since I have no input into what they do.
Certainly one solution would be, as you say, to not fly into or out of the U.S. (or the UK, since they seem to be on the same track) but that is not an option I want to choose.
Hopefully at least lenses may be able to still fly in the cabin.