Hundreds of people at Miami International Airport are furious today after they were not allowed to board charter flights to Cuba.
The charter flights were not approved by the proper U.S. agencies, leaving hopeful travelers frustrated, angry and sad. Dozens of them lined up at MIA, chanting, “We want to fly.”
The confusion arose because the Department of Treasury cleared the flights, but the Department of State did not approve them.
Airline spokesman Joel Cortez said the passengers will have to go back to their travel agents to get refunds.
The crowds were trying to beat new travel restrictions, banning the flights starting Wednesday. The planes took off empty for Cuba, since they still had to pick up other passengers waiting on the island.