Cuban travelers on InselAir denied entry to the U.S.
WILLEMSTAD – The United States already twice rejected a group of Cubans who traveled to Charlotte with the Curaçao airline InselAir from Venezuela via Curaçao. They had destroyed their passports in order to win political asylum.
Last weekend it was a group of five Cubans who were hiding their passport or destroyed and threw them in pieces in the toilet, according to the Director of International Affairs, Edward Heerenveen.
“They were checked in with an approved passport. The data were checked through the APIS system, American Personal Information System, and approved. So it is hard to refuse these travelers in time, but we have now found a solution.”
What the solution is, Heerenveen cannot divulge, because Cuban travelers can still find ways to dodge this new system and make it possible for them to travel to the States.
The travelers were first checked in Valencia, Venezuela and in Curaçao again on transit. Their passport met all the requirements. “When getting off the plane in Charlotte we got a call that the plane could not leave. People from the US authorities searched the plane and found in the tank of the toilet and under seats pieces of passports.”
Cubans were put back on an InselAir plane and sent back to Valencia via Curaçao.