Paid Evacuation for US Citizens

July 18, 2006 at 11:28 pm (News)

An American in Beirut, reported that the U.S. government’s offer to evacuate Americans to protect them from the Israeli blitz comes with a price tag: “They are finally getting everything together today, but they dropped a little surprise: they are going to be billing us for giving us emergency transport to Cyprus, and then basically dropping us off on our own to get commercial flights back to the US. Most other goverrnments evacuating people here are actually flying them back to their home country without cost.”
State Department has stressed “that the U.S. government does not provide no-cost transportation but does have the authority to provide repatriation loans to those in financial need. For the portion of your trip directly handled by the U.S. Government we will ask you to sign a promissory note and we will bill you at a later date.” Things must be financialy bad for U.S. or they are just fed up add this. More…

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