ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — She’s back on U.S. soil after evacuating Afghanistan on one of five planes full of passengers that sat at a standstill at Dulles Airport for hours.
“We are not being allowed off the airplane. It’s restricted due to customs. The pilot—everyone is going crazy,” explained Faziya.
Nadia, a U.S. citizen who lives in the Capital Region, told NEWS10 that her flight had more than 300 people, with 100 of them being children. They were stuck in the cabin for hours with no food or water. She said some felt ill.
Passengers were given no timeline on when border patrol would be able to process them. “There are only 72 U.S. citizens and some green card holders,” said Nadia. “The rest of them are refugees.”
It’s been a long journey for Faziya and 13 members of her family as they traveled to three different countries before making it back to the U.S. They arrived at Dulles airport at 10 a.m. Wednesday and did not get off the plane until around 7 p.m.
Approaching midnight with Nadia finally off the plane, her travels aren’t over just yet. Her plan was to rent a car and drive up to the Capital Region.