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a VirtualTourist member from Liverpool asked on Jul 15, 2014


flight zb3929 case items missing-just returned 15-7-14

Has anybody had thier case opened at agadir airport ? My wife noticed at manchester carousel that her case zips were at opposite ends to where she had zipped up at hotel in agadir. When we arrived home 200 ciggies were missing and a bottle of perfume anybody else got stuff missing

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answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from Glasgow

Morocco is a thieves paradise, it's in the natives' blood, you should have secured the loops on the zip fasteners with small luggage padlocks, undoubtedly the airport luggage loaders saw an opportunity and took advantage of it.

It is of course possible that the theft occurred at Manchester, but I would suspect the Agadir end.
During the holy month of Ramadan (now) Muslims are supposed to be on their best behaviour, but I'm not really surprised after experiences on my recent trip to Tangier, here is the story....

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answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from London

hec a thieves paradise!? ive been in and out of MOrocco about 45 return trips and never lost a thing when going thorugh the airports - though quite a few were also through the ferry terminals and as such my luggage has stayed with me - but when flying my suitcases are normally full or overloaded with all sorts of stuff and never had a problem. and i have had bottles of alcohol in my cases. I would never as instructed include valuables such as my cameras or lenses or laptops with my hold luggage though.
the past 4 years most of my flights have been in and out of Agadir...same story have never lost a thing and never used a padlock.

answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from London

Benny 30 million people live in Morocco - who do you refer to as the natives?
how many years since that sort of language and cultural ignorance we have been trying to get rid of by opening up our minds and experiences by travellling - including travelling to MOrocco! which has been one of the most amazing countries ive been privileged to get to know and be able to say is more home than any of my homes lol...and not because i live inside somewhere safe with 4 walls and dont have anything to do with the rest of the very priviliged to have got to the know a lot about the Berber cultures in various parts of Morocco and call a number family - and then theres the Arab natives?...
yes you do need to get out of those pubs there more!

answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from Hesperia

Pretty harsh labeling the entire population of a country as "being thieves by nature"........d:o/

The Original poster: Did you lock your bags? If so, were they cut off? TSA and equivalent will cut off locks that are not "approved and recognized". It would behoove you in the future, to purchase "TSA approved" locks before travelling. Airport security can open those locks and lock them again.

answered on 7/15/14 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

I lost a few bits and pieces, like kids pens and memory cards (empty) from my rucksack side pockets in Casablanca in 2007, probably because I had a 4 hour layover waiting for the Bamako flight. Too tempting.
But this happens the world over, its not just a Morocco thing. We saw a program just last week about CDG and the fortunes the handlers were making. They also showed an ex-baggage handler that opened anything with the plastic top of a Bic biro pen.

answered on 7/17/14 by
a VT member from New Jersey

It does happen the world over. We always have stuff stolen on our trips to/from India and that is WITH TSA approved locks. Just happened to my husband last month. Very frustrating but not much more you can do than using the locks.

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