UA Flight Diverts to Cuba

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  1. rwoman
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    The article says UA was seeking to re-accommodate pax.

    I hope they were able to get everyone out same day. While a relatively friendly place (a conclusion I reach based on several friends' first-hand reports), due to the embargo, US credit cards don't work there - and arriving unprepared would make for a difficult even single night stay.
     
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    It is very difficult to get funds in cuba. I'd hate to be stuck there without any money, not a great country to be poor in :p
     
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    Ok someone explain this to me, because I've been trying to wrap my head around it... how does a flight from Dulles heading to Cancun end up with Havana being the "nearest available airport" ?

    I guess it was already in the gulf? Doesn't seem to make a lot of sense though, since once you get to that point it's almost certainly closer to head for Mexico or turn back.
     
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    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL831/history/20110731/1300Z/KIAD/MUHA



    I'd have loved to have been stuck in Havana overnight, especially if UA pays for the hotel room. I tend to carry a few hundred dollars in cash when I leave the country, so my "survival" would have been ensured.
     
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    Is there a good country to be poor in?:)
     
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    Indeed... domestic flights I usually carry some cash for incidentals, just in case I need to get something before I hit an ATM. But for international flights I always carry significant cash on me, just in case "something bad" happens and I need to buy my way out of a jam.

    You never know... having access to money nowadays is one of those things that people take for granted. Better have it and not need it -- doesn't cost you anything to re-deposit it -- than need it and not having it.
     
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    I imagine they never went through customs, if they did, did their passports get stamped. (for my own geeky reasons, I would have wanted the stamp)

    Also, technically, buying a soda out of a vending machine is breaking US law for a US citizen in Cuba. Not that the state department is going to drop the hammer, but it could be an interesting situation if someone wanted to make an issue out of it.
     
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    Good advice...but I find it difficult to carry too many golden dollars with me. ;)
     
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    Begs the question how UA could pay for hotel rooms if in fact they needed to house pax overnight.

    One of my neighbors is part Cuban and gets some sort of pre clearance to go every few years. He finally finessed a way to get a European credit card just so he could more easily get about down there.
     

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