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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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Hi guys, when my friend and I visited ghana she had stuff stolen from her luggage but i did not. I was wondering if it was because I secured mine with those airport locks, you know the ones that only certain airport security is supposed to have a skeleton key for) my friend had usual lock and she was told by her mother to keep them unlocked when going through security because then they would cut them off. When we got to ghana she had several rocca wear shirts missing and on coming back her jar of shitor was gone. I had a jar in my luggage but nothing was taken out. I laughed because I told her maybe they thought it was a explosives or they were hungry. Do you think my locks helped or do you think it was just because she had a more keen fashion sense? I wanna know because I want to take my husband some of those same locks and also I am taking back some nice gifts for my new family there. Can some of you relate what you have gone through?


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Hi guys, when my friend and I visited ghana she had stuff stolen from her luggage but i did not. I was wondering if it was because I secured mine with those airport locks, you know the ones that only certain airport security is supposed to have a skeleton key for) my friend had usual lock and she was told by her mother to keep them unlocked when going through security because then they would cut them off. When we got to ghana she had several rocca wear shirts missing and on coming back her jar of shitor was gone. I had a jar in my luggage but nothing was taken out. I laughed because I told her maybe they thought it was a explosives or they were hungry. Do you think my locks helped or do you think it was just because she had a more keen fashion sense? I wanna know because I want to take my husband some of those same locks and also I am taking back some nice gifts for my new family there. Can some of you relate what you have gone through?

Efia06

I have traveled to Africa atleast 8 times and with usually four luggages with personal stuffand even up to 10 luggages when I travel for work. I have carried 2 brand new lap tops, 4 game sysems and much more and have never had anyting stolen. I use Tumi locks http://www.tumi.com/wallets_accessories/re..._keywords=locks,

the thing is this, if you use regular locks wait at security while they inspect your luggage. and have them lock them in front of you.


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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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Hi guys, when my friend and I visited ghana she had stuff stolen from her luggage but i did not. I was wondering if it was because I secured mine with those airport locks, you know the ones that only certain airport security is supposed to have a skeleton key for) my friend had usual lock and she was told by her mother to keep them unlocked when going through security because then they would cut them off. When we got to ghana she had several rocca wear shirts missing and on coming back her jar of shitor was gone. I had a jar in my luggage but nothing was taken out. I laughed because I told her maybe they thought it was a explosives or they were hungry. Do you think my locks helped or do you think it was just because she had a more keen fashion sense? I wanna know because I want to take my husband some of those same locks and also I am taking back some nice gifts for my new family there. Can some of you relate what you have gone through?

Efia06

I have traveled to Africa atleast 8 times and with usually four luggages with personal stuffand even up to 10 luggages when I travel for work. I have carried 2 brand new lap tops, 4 game sysems and much more and have never had anyting stolen. I use Tumi locks http://www.tumi.com/wallets_accessories/re..._keywords=locks,

the thing is this, if you use regular locks wait at security while they inspect your luggage. and have them lock them in front of you.

Yeah those are the locks I use. So is that the reason nothing was stolen from mine? If you just those locks I dont have to wait at security? I only flew once. I dont have a lot of experience.


03/09/2013: Married

09/10/2013: Sent I-130

09/12/2013: Case Received.

03/04/2014: Petition transferred to Nebraska Service Center.

03/25/2014: I-130 Petition approved

03/28/2014: Petition sent to NVC

04/09/2014: NVC received case

05/08/2014: NVC assigned case number

05/16/2014: Paid AOS fee

10/02/2014: Case Closed

10/10/2014: Interview Date Scheduled

11/17/2014: Interview - APPROVED!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Hi guys, when my friend and I visited ghana she had stuff stolen from her luggage but i did not. I was wondering if it was because I secured mine with those airport locks, you know the ones that only certain airport security is supposed to have a skeleton key for) my friend had usual lock and she was told by her mother to keep them unlocked when going through security because then they would cut them off. When we got to ghana she had several rocca wear shirts missing and on coming back her jar of shitor was gone. I had a jar in my luggage but nothing was taken out. I laughed because I told her maybe they thought it was a explosives or they were hungry. Do you think my locks helped or do you think it was just because she had a more keen fashion sense? I wanna know because I want to take my husband some of those same locks and also I am taking back some nice gifts for my new family there. Can some of you relate what you have gone through?

Efia06

I have traveled to Africa atleast 8 times and with usually four luggages with personal stuffand even up to 10 luggages when I travel for work. I have carried 2 brand new lap tops, 4 game sysems and much more and have never had anyting stolen. I use Tumi locks http://www.tumi.com/wallets_accessories/re..._keywords=locks,

the thing is this, if you use regular locks wait at security while they inspect your luggage. and have them lock them in front of you.

Yeah those are the locks I use. So is that the reason nothing was stolen from mine? If you just those locks I dont have to wait at security? I only flew once. I dont have a lot of experience.

It has never happened to me but my supervisor; I travel internationally with my supervisor a lot and everytime they loose her luggage usually on the return flight home. She has better locks than I do, but then her stuff is much more expensive than mine. But, the luggage that is missing is usually the one she caries her many Afican outfits in, never her laptops or printers just clothing and poaoers. So go figure, I think in most cases it is the luck of the draw and a gamble. If they want something bad enough and they can't get passed the lock, they will just take the whole luggage. Damn if you do, Damn if you don't.

I just say prayer to arrive with my life and possessions in tow and I "KEEP IT MOVIN" .


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ethiopia
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Sorry, that happened. I don't think TSA approved locks protect your stuff outside of the US. Iel always use them when I travel. But when I was in Brazil, they cut them off my luggage and went through my stuff. Nothing was stolen. but the TSA is a US body...same rules don't apply in the US. While TSA personnel in the US can open the locks, security people in other countries can not. I think most of the time they don't bother. But one of the places I visited in Brazil was known for drug smuggling so they search everything. They gave me a new non-TSA lock to replace the one they cut. So I'm traveling within a foreign country I don't usually use the locks. I keep anything valuable in my carry on, secured with my TSA lock after I pass security.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ethiopia
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Sorry, that happened. I don't think TSA approved locks protect your stuff outside of the US. Iel always use them when I travel. But when I was in Brazil, they cut them off my luggage and went through my stuff. Nothing was stolen. but the TSA is a US body...same rules don't apply in the US. While TSA personnel in the US can open the locks, security people in other countries can not. I think most of the time they don't bother. But one of the places I visited in Brazil was known for drug smuggling so they search everything. They gave me a new non-TSA lock to replace the one they cut. So when I'm traveling within a foreign country I don't usually use the locks. I keep anything valuable in my carry on, secured with my TSA lock after I pass security.

To agree with We Destiny. I don't bring anything really important, irreplaceable, and the stuff that is I always, always carry-on or wear. Last time I went to Ethiopia, my luggage was lost for over 2 weeks. all I had was my laptop, USCIS paperwork, two pairs of panties and and an extra shirt and pants. lol. My luggage finally arrived in Ethiopia a week after I left.

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Sorry, that happened. I don't think TSA approved locks protect your stuff outside of the US. Iel always use them when I travel. But when I was in Brazil, they cut them off my luggage and went through my stuff. Nothing was stolen. but the TSA is a US body...same rules don't apply in the US. While TSA personnel in the US can open the locks, security people in other countries can not. I think most of the time they don't bother. But one of the places I visited in Brazil was known for drug smuggling so they search everything. They gave me a new non-TSA lock to replace the one they cut. So when I'm traveling within a foreign country I don't usually use the locks. I keep anything valuable in my carry on, secured with my TSA lock after I pass security.

To agree with We Destiny. I don't bring anything really important, irreplaceable, and the stuff that is I always, always carry-on or wear. Last time I went to Ethiopia, my luggage was lost for over 2 weeks. all I had was my laptop, USCIS paperwork, two pairs of panties and and an extra shirt and pants. lol. My luggage finally arrived in Ethiopia a week after I left.

Wow. I had a similar experience while in Germany. My luggage arrived after I left, headed back to the USA.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Nigeria
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I have traveled over seas many times and even when they lost my luggage nothing was missing, I use little master locks, they have never been cut off either. I always worry...you never really know what will happen.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ghana
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I have never had a problem with my luggave being stolen when I have flown to Ghana. One thing that I do is I use the TSA approved locks (like other on here use). What I do is I wait for TSA to put them through the X-ray machine and if they do not need to open my suitcase I will lock the suitcase using the suitcase locks so that even if some enterprsing person manages to take off the TSA locks they still have to deal with the luggage lock in itself.

My dad made the mistake of checking in a duffel bag once and he got his very nice camera stolen.


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Ghana
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On my last trip to Ghana, they search you while you're standing there, but somehow, my suitcase got lost and I got it a week later with an outfit missing but replaced with someone else's sandals. When your suitcase gets separated from you, it has to go through customs without you and they open it and search and it seems they aren't very organized about it. So, I'm not sure the outfit was stolen (well, it was the skirt and matching scarf), I think it was packed in someone else's suitcase, maybe the gentleman who's sandals I got?


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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Nigeria
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On my last trip to Ghana, they search you while you're standing there, but somehow, my suitcase got lost and I got it a week later with an outfit missing but replaced with someone else's sandals. When your suitcase gets separated from you, it has to go through customs without you and they open it and search and it seems they aren't very organized about it. So, I'm not sure the outfit was stolen (well, it was the skirt and matching scarf), I think it was packed in someone else's suitcase, maybe the gentleman who's sandals I got?

Oh dear how will he explain that to his wife (if he has one)

Husband-" I swear I dont know where that ladies outfit came from" :blush::lol:

Poor guy! If he is smart he will say look a gift for you LOL (hope it was the right size)

I bet it is strange to open your bag and there is something there you did not pack... :huh:

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Ghana
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On my last trip to Ghana, they search you while you're standing there, but somehow, my suitcase got lost and I got it a week later with an outfit missing but replaced with someone else's sandals. When your suitcase gets separated from you, it has to go through customs without you and they open it and search and it seems they aren't very organized about it. So, I'm not sure the outfit was stolen (well, it was the skirt and matching scarf), I think it was packed in someone else's suitcase, maybe the gentleman who's sandals I got?

Oh dear how will he explain that to his wife (if he has one)

Husband-" I swear I dont know where that ladies outfit came from" :blush::lol:

Poor guy! If he is smart he will say look a gift for you LOL (hope it was the right size)

I bet it is strange to open your bag and there is something there you did not pack... :huh:

I didn't even think about that. :lol:


GHANA.GIFBassi and Zainab US1.GIF

I-129F Sent: 6-18-2007

Interview date: 6-24-2008

Pick up Visa: 6-27-2008

Arrive JFK POE: 7-2-2008

Marriage: 7-9-2008

AOS

mailed AOS, EAD, AP: 8-22-2008

NOA AOS, EAD, AP: 8-27-2008

Biometrics: 9-18-2008

AOS Transferred to CSC: 9-25-2008

Requested EAD Expedite: 11-12-2008

EAD Card production ordered: 11-12-2008 changed to 11/17/2008 Why? (I hope it doesn't change every week!)

Received AP: 11/17/2008

Received EAD: 11/22/08 (Praise God!!)

AOS RFE: 1/29/2009

AOS Approved: 3/24/2009

Called USCIS 4/1/2009 told no status change and case not yet reviewed from RFE request.

Received green card: 4/3/2009

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Oh dear how will he explain that to his wife (if he has one)

Husband-" I swear I dont know where that ladies outfit came from" :blush::lol:

Poor guy! If he is smart he will say look a gift for you LOL (hope it was the right size)

I bet it is strange to open your bag and there is something there you did not pack... :huh:

LOL !!


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