One of the flight’s organizers said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not allow a charter flight carrying American citizens and others from Afghanistan to land in the United States.
Brian Stern, who founded Project Dynamo, said 117 people, including 59 children, are stranded at an airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, waiting to take a flight to the United States. Project Dynamo is an organization that works to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Stern said that DHS and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were halting the flight, adding that the agencies were “not allowing entry into a US port on an international flight”. Will give.”
Stating that he was allowed to fly to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, Stern said he had been told by officials that the plane could land at Dulles International Airport near Washington.
“I have a big, beautiful, huge, huge Boeing 787 that I can see standing in front of me,” he said. “I have the crew. I ate dinner.”
A State Department spokesman said it was working to verify the accuracy and identity of passengers on the charter plane launched by Stern.
“Our embassy staff in the UAE are working round the clock to verify the accuracy of the passenger manifest and are coordinating with DHS/Customs and Border Protection to ensure that passengers are not allowed to board the flight. They can be examined and examined first. United States,” a State Department spokesman said. The Epoch Times has contacted the agency and DHS for comment.
“We expect the passengers to continue their onward journey tomorrow morning,” the spokesperson said.
“All flights to the US must follow established safety, security and health protocols before being cleared for departure,” a DHS spokesman told Reuters. “This process requires the flight manifest to be verified prior to departure to the US to ensure proper screening of all passengers.”
Project Dynamo posted pictures of children sleeping at the UAE airport on Facebook.
“Right now we have 59 kids sleeping on airport chairs and cold airport floors – not hot beds with hot meals, which we arranged for all of them out-of-state – because the US government allowed all Americans to enter. Our flight clearance in the ports was denied. All of them. To the aircraft load of the Americans,” it said in the post.
The group went on to say that the evacuees “escaped the regime they were running from, only to get the government they were driving home away from.”
The Taliban extremist group that took control of Afghanistan last month led to a mass evacuation of Americans, special visa holders and some Afghan refugees. This comes after the US military withdrew its forces after two decades.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times