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Travelers Trying to Return to Venezuela Now Stuck in U.S.

The women said they have had to sleep on cots alongside homeless people at the airport’s auditorium while they wait for a solution

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    Passengers Stranded at MIA Following Suspension of Flights to Venezuela

    Several passengers were stranded at Miami International Airport Saturday following the suspension of flights to Venezuela.

    (Published Saturday, May 18, 2019)

    It’s been three days since the United States suspended all flights to Venezuela.

    The ground stop has left five Venezuelan passengers basically living at Miami International Airport after the U.S. government suspended flights earlier this week. So far, they have no way out.

    Carmen Suarez says the situation is outrageous. Suarez, along with Maria Paz, could not get on their flights to Venezuela after the U.S. government suspended all commercial and cargo flights between the countries as of Wednesday, citing safety concerns due to the political unrest.

    The women said they have had to sleep on cots alongside homeless people at the airport’s auditorium while they wait for a solution.

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    The women told NBC 6 they don’t have a place to shower. Their only hope is that the airlines they were originally supposed to fly on, Avior Airlines, reimburse their money or give them a credit to fly back home through a third-world country on another airline.

    NBC 6 attempted to contact Avior Airlines and did not receive a response.

    “We need them to give us an answer,” said Paz.

    “They need to put themselves in our shoes and they need to be more humane. They really need to understand the situation we are living in,” said Suarez.

    The women claim Avior Airlines has given them no answers and have not provided any support.

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