U.S. Ready to Evacuate Thousands of Americans from Egypt by Air -BYLN- by Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- The State Department is prepared to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens from Egypt on chartered planes, but is relying largely on friends and families in the U.S. to relay that information to stranded Americans.
Assistant Secretary of State Janice Jacobs told reporters Sunday she expects it will take several flights over the coming days to handle the number of Americans who want to leave Egypt.
Jacobs acknowledged Internet interruptions in Egypt are making it difficult for Americans there to get information about the evacuations. But she said they have been able to get information from people in the United States who do have access to State Department and embassy websites.
The charters will begin today from Cairo and will fly to Europe. Jacobs said the U.S. is looking at Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; and Nicosia, Cyprus as destinations. So far, she said, Americans have been able to get taxis, but she said people should wait until today before they try to go to the airport to get one of the charter flights.
Jacobs, who's in charge of consular affairs, said the U. …