Sorry, late to this conversation...
I'm comfortable with these changes. It makes staff jobs easier to no longer be de facto enforcers of the carriers' policies, and having a lighter touch probably makes the place friendlier for our visitors as well.
US-centric side note: There is no freedom of speech issue, as that's a concept that applies only to government censorship. There is no Constitutional right for anybody to be able to say anything they want in someone else's private venue (such as AF).
Veni, Vidi, Droidi!