Is travel all fun and adventure? No, of course not. There are a few stress factors. Deciding what to pack, where to stay, what to do…etc. All these decisions get easier with time and practice. However, the number one stress factor that never gets any easier, and often gets more painful and complicated are the dreaded airport security checks. I could never guess beforehand what they will pick on. Each country, airline, airport and I’m guessing clerk and time of day, has their own rules that you won’t know until that fateful moment when you’re going through security and then BAM! They hit you with their arbitrary regulation. It’s different every single time and keeps getting weirder and more bizzare.
Leaving Bali, they let me take both my backpacks as carry-on! Yay! Never happened before but I always try. Going through the scanner, they flagged my bags. Oops! Forgot to empty my water bottle? Nope. Must be my shampoo! Nope. Toothpaste? (I knew I should’ve bought the small size) Nope. Coconut oil, even though it’s a small bottle? Nope. OK. I give up and wait for the verdict. “Do you have a selfie stick?” The officer asked. “Yeeees?”, I answered with a puzzled look on my face. “It’s not allowed in carry-on luggage. You have to check it in” they said. New one! Got me. Again. What will they think of next? Bags? I can just see in my mind’s eye a stoned sadistic security manager thinking to themselves “today, we’ll ban underwear. From 8am to 7:46pm. Then it’s floss until midnight. You never know how those suckers can misuse such a dangerous tool!”
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