Maybe I should stop reading about these things.
I have precisely zero reasons to be scared of airport and border securities, and yet I’m still anxious about having to interact with them in my upcoming trip. It’s more than just a healthy fear of authority figures, it’s a deep fear of large authority organizations themselves. The kinds of awful experiences you read about on the internet don’t help anybody’s case here, that’s for sure.
Maybe part of this is fear of being unjustly blamed? Even for the tiniest, silliest things, I have no idea how to deal with false accusations. In trying to stay honest, I often feel like I just end up looking like I’m pretending to be guiltless, even though I actually am. If the people you’re with don’t trust you to tell the truth, such a situation means you’re shit out of luck.
On the one hand, I want to stop reading about all the junk that can come with international air travel. On the other hand, I need to be well-prepared to maximize the chances of starting my adventures on the right foot.
That said, realistically, I’ll probably be fine.