As chaos and lawlessness continued for a seventh day in Cairo, print and broadcast coverage by U.S. media has been scant on weary and concerned Americans stranded in Egypt awaiting overdue word on evacuation, notes Grumpy Editor.
While meetings, including photo ops, focusing on the violent protests in Egypt continued in Washington, and the U.S. embassy in Cairo yesterday recommending that Americans leave Egypt as soon as possible, getting out of the country posed a major problem.
Thousands of travelers, including Americans, were stranded at the Cairo International Airport.
Among Americans were Diane Kelley and her husband. She managed to tell CNN Saturday that they were concerned by the lack of help from U.S. authorities and they were awaiting a way out.
Through yesterday, the U.S. had not dispatched any special flights to fill cancellations by airlines, including Delta, the only U.S. carrier with direct service to Cairo. Delta earlier suspended service to the area.
Meanwhile, other nations --- acting promptly --- have flown in additional flights to evacuate their citizens.
An airport official told Associated Press that Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan sent in more than 15 flights in total to transport their nationals out of the country, adding that Royal Jordanian and Bahrain's Gulf Air switched to larger aircraft to accommodate more people.
A State Department spokesperson late yesterday said the U.S. was hopeful in sending chartered aircraft to Cairo for the trapped Americans today --- one week after protests started.
However, chaos mushroomed at the airport today as thousands of foreigners, including Americans, sought to flee the unrest.
Setting off further grumbling by Americans was word from the State Department that those taking chartered flights will be billed for the cost, mainly to Europe, and would then need to make their own travel arrangements home.
About 52,000 Americans are registered with the U.S. embassy in Cairo.