The State Department is serious about wanting US citizens out of Egypt—so it’s planning enough chartered flights to evacuate all of them. Charters are flying from Cairo and will likely land in Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus, but spotty Internet connections are making it difficult for Americans to get information about their options, the AP reports. Passengers will have to pay for their own flights, the first of which were expected to arrive in Cyprus today, as well as their travel out of Europe.
There are 52,000 Americans registered at the Cairo embassy, but not everyone registers or deregisters, and some may not leave regardless of the warning. It will likely take a few days to get everyone out. Meanwhile, the Cairo airport saw chaos today as thousands tried to flee to their home countries. Shouting matches and even a fistfight erupted amidst the confusion, the AP reports. The Danish, German, Chinese, British, and Canadian governments also sent planes to evacuate their citizens.