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Do they open balikbayan boxes at the airport?

#1 rlynvince

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 03:39 AM

Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.
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05/23/2006 - The first time we wrote each other
05/27/2007 - The first we chatted
11/16/2007 - The first time we met personally [It was my birthday]
11/21/2007 - Engagement Date
03/10/2008 - Sent application to CSC
03/17/2008 - NOA
05/17/2008 - His 2nd visit
06/05/2008 - NVC issued case number MNL2008637XXX & forwarded our case to USEM
06/19 to 06/20/2008 - Medical exam schedule at St. Luke's Extension Clinic [PASSED!]
07/11/2008 - Interview Passed!!! God is so greatful!!!

10/17/2008 - Arrived in US POE - Detroit
01/03/2009 - Wedding day!!!

AOS
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04/06/2009 - Adjustment of Status (AOS) sent to USCIS in Chicago
04/17/2009 - NOA1 Received
04/20/2009 - NOA2 Received
05/07/2009 - Biometrics

#2 Jose Rizal

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 06:07 AM

QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 5 2008, 04:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.



I suggest you use a balikbayan box bag (around P500). It has zippers than can be locked and handles for easier handling. This way, if the inspectors decide to open it, there will be no hassle. The real downside of having a taped balikbayan box is it opening due to the rough handling at airports. In other words, mahirap na ang mawasak ang balikbayan box mo. With the bag, it's well protected.
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#3 rlynvince

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 11:45 PM

QUOTE (Jose Rizal @ Oct 5 2008, 07:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 5 2008, 04:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.



I suggest you use a balikbayan box bag (around P500). It has zippers than can be locked and handles for easier handling. This way, if the inspectors decide to open it, there will be no hassle. The real downside of having a taped balikbayan box is it opening due to the rough handling at airports. In other words, mahirap na ang mawasak ang balikbayan box mo. With the bag, it's well protected.


Where can i get this balikbayan box bag? Haven't heard of it.
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05/23/2006 - The first time we wrote each other
05/27/2007 - The first we chatted
11/16/2007 - The first time we met personally [It was my birthday]
11/21/2007 - Engagement Date
03/10/2008 - Sent application to CSC
03/17/2008 - NOA
05/17/2008 - His 2nd visit
06/05/2008 - NVC issued case number MNL2008637XXX & forwarded our case to USEM
06/19 to 06/20/2008 - Medical exam schedule at St. Luke's Extension Clinic [PASSED!]
07/11/2008 - Interview Passed!!! God is so greatful!!!

10/17/2008 - Arrived in US POE - Detroit
01/03/2009 - Wedding day!!!

AOS
03/24/2009 - US Medical Exam (PTB skin test)
04/06/2009 - Adjustment of Status (AOS) sent to USCIS in Chicago
04/17/2009 - NOA1 Received
04/20/2009 - NOA2 Received
05/07/2009 - Biometrics

#4 Dakine

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 11:56 PM

QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 4 2008, 10:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.

They do look inside most of the time.
Just tie with rope and take tape with you. After they inspect you or they can tape it up.
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#5 o0pink0o

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 12:31 AM

QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 6 2008, 12:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Jose Rizal @ Oct 5 2008, 07:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 5 2008, 04:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.



I suggest you use a balikbayan box bag (around P500). It has zippers than can be locked and handles for easier handling. This way, if the inspectors decide to open it, there will be no hassle. The real downside of having a taped balikbayan box is it opening due to the rough handling at airports. In other words, mahirap na ang mawasak ang balikbayan box mo. With the bag, it's well protected.


Where can i get this balikbayan box bag? Haven't heard of it.

    I agree with Jose Rizal good.gif .Here is the website of where i bought my balikbayan box cover. the price of that cover cost PhP599 (if my memory is good hehe) they have covers too that has wheels (PHP1300)so you can easily carry your balikbayan box. the ones with wheels are more convenient.
    I found a vid of that Balikbayan box.


    Actually, they don't really inspect the box in the airport but in case they will, and if your using that cover then it'll be easier for you to open and seal your box smile.gif
    Have a safe trip! star_smile.gif

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    #6 SeiChii

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    Posted 06 October 2008 - 12:59 AM

    QUOTE (o0pink0o @ Oct 6 2008, 12:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 6 2008, 12:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    QUOTE (Jose Rizal @ Oct 5 2008, 07:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 5 2008, 04:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.



    I suggest you use a balikbayan box bag (around P500). It has zippers than can be locked and handles for easier handling. This way, if the inspectors decide to open it, there will be no hassle. The real downside of having a taped balikbayan box is it opening due to the rough handling at airports. In other words, mahirap na ang mawasak ang balikbayan box mo. With the bag, it's well protected.


    Where can i get this balikbayan box bag? Haven't heard of it.

    I agree with Jose Rizal good.gif .Here is the website of where i bought my balikbayan box cover. the price of that cover cost PhP599 (if my memory is good hehe) they have covers too that has wheels (PHP1300)so you can easily carry your balikbayan box. the ones with wheels are more convenient.
    I found a vid of that Balikbayan box.


    Actually, they don't really inspect the box in the airport but in case they will, and if your using that cover then it'll be easier for you to open and seal your box smile.gif
    Have a safe trip! star_smile.gif



    GOOD INFO ANY IDEA WHERE TO GET THIS BAG? THANKS
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    #7 SeiChii

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    Posted 06 October 2008 - 01:03 AM

    QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 5 2008, 03:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.




    HI THERE THEY WONT OPEN IT.UNLESS ITS OVER FOR THE ALLOWED LBS.
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    Consulate: Manila, Philippines
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    I-130 sent: Oct 27, 2007

    California Service Center Recieved Oct. 29, 2007
    NOA1: Jan 17, 2008
    I-130 Approved: April 22, 2008
    Received DS-3032/ I-864 Bill: June 3, 2008
    AOS bill paid: June 18th 2008

    AOS sent : June 30th 2008 Received July 1
    AOS cover sheet print out: June 18, 2008
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    USEM recieved complete case from NVC Aug 8th 2008

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    #8 Jose Rizal

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    Posted 06 October 2008 - 01:31 AM

    You can get them Handyman or Ace Hardware. It's cheaper to buy from Handyman.
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    Posted 07 October 2008 - 05:35 AM

    QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 5 2008, 03:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.


    It is always a great idea to bring your own gown, but however if this is big, and this will give you dilemma, I would advise you to just buy in the US.. You may think it will save you money if you bring your own, but if you think and analyze everything, it is more cheaper and less stress if you will just buy in the US.. And too, if you have a a lot of luggage, you may pay extra money for that.. And also be mindful that even if you meet required weight for the luggage, but if the length is too long, that will going to end you paying for extra also..

    There are several sites that you can go to buy bridal gown, here is the link

    http://www.thebridalgowns.com/
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    #10 Curt and Leah

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    Posted 07 October 2008 - 08:35 AM

    QUOTE (rlynvince @ Oct 5 2008, 03:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Ive already made a box for my wedding gown. Can I seal it with a tape before my arrival at the airport? Do people at the airports open balikbayan boxes? If so, do they tape/seal it back? Its just my wedding gown and shoes in it. I would like to check in the box together with my 1 luggage. I hope my wedding gown will make it safely to the US.



    hi i brought my wedding gown fr Ph also and there's no problem with it i put it in my luggage... on the plane they will give you a paper to put what's new that u brought fr PH(forgot what's the term of the paper). and there's no problem... as long as u declare it and also the prize convert into dollar
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