Cairo Travel Blog› entry 11 of 11 › view all entries
After what seemed like a very long, short trip, the Egypt trip was done. From here, we would continue on to Europe before heading back to the United States. Our taxi driver that we had used for our entire time in Cairo never showed up on the last day to take us to the airport as planned. Another tally in the broken promises category for this trip (that's another story that borders on stereotypes...but proven true). Regardless, we got another taxi and ended up seeing a lot of neat places from the highway that we had missed. Oh well. The airport at Cairo is uneventful, and its A/C is pretty weak. Our flight was delayed for a bit. After we boarded, however, it was delayed even longer. Apparently, there were 2 people on the plane who illegal snuck into Egypt and got a ticket on our flight to go to Belgium. When the Belgian authorities got the passenger list, they refused us entry into the EU because these people were apparently on some sort of no-fly or terrorist watch list for the EU. Well, Egypt decided to play difficult too, saying that they would not let them off the plane and back into Egyptian territory as they did not want to accept them either. So we sat on the plane for an hour and a half. The flight attendants were actually very informative and funny. Sadly, I think this happens somewhat often. Eventually, Algeria agreed to take the two as refugees, and Egypt allowed them off the plane. We took off, ending my second MidEast (and first African) trip. More to come...? We'll see.